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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1809–1811

Reversality of optical interactions in noncentrosymmetric media

Yu. P. Svirko and N. I. Zheludev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 17, pp. 1809-1811 (1995)

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The interaction of an electromagnetic wave with a noncentrosymmetric crystal is not necessarily time reversible, and the departure from reversality may be seen in nonlocal (wave-vector linear) phenomena. However, relativistic symmetry with respect to simultaneous time and space inversion is always preserved in optics.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 27, 1995
Published: September 1, 1995

Yu. P. Svirko and N. I. Zheludev, "Reversality of optical interactions in noncentrosymmetric media," Opt. Lett. 20, 1809-1811 (1995)

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