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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2007
  • pp: 2936–2938

Quantum effects in the optical activity of α-quartz

C. Z. Tan and L. Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 20, pp. 2936-2938 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002936


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Abstract

An experiment was proposed to probe quantum effects on optical activity. The helical structures in optically active media act as natural microsolenoids for the electromagnetic waves passing through them, which produces a longitudinal magnetic field in the axis of helices. Magnetic flux through a helical crystal structure is quantized. A high number of quanta in the rotatory power was probed in the optical activity of α-quartz.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 4, 2007
Published: October 4, 2007

Citation
C. Z. Tan and L. Chen, "Quantum effects in the optical activity of α-quartz," Opt. Lett. 32, 2936-2938 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-20-2936


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