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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 1998
  • pp: 86–88

Alternative explanation of specular optical activity

D. F. Nelson and A. L. Ivanov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 86-88 (1998)

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Bungay et al. [Phys. Lett. A 174, 335 (1993)] reported observing polarization plane rotation in optical reflection at normal incidence from GaAs, an effect that they term specular optical activity. Their preferred interpretation hypothesizes a partially symmetric third-rank bulk tensor arising from nonlocality, even though its existence would violate time reversibility. We present an alternative explanation based on the derived properties of a nonlocal surface layer that preserves time reversibility.

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(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

D. F. Nelson and A. L. Ivanov, "Alternative explanation of specular optical activity," Opt. Lett. 23, 86-88 (1998)

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