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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)

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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

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

C. Z. Tan and L. Chen, "Quantum effects in the optical activity of α-quartz," Opt. Lett. 32, 2936-2938 (2007)

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