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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1988–1990

Elliptical dichroism: operating principle of planar chiral metamaterials

Sergei V. Zhukovsky, Andrey V. Novitsky, and Vladimir M. Galynsky  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 13, pp. 1988-1990 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001988


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Abstract

We employ a homogenization technique based on the Lorentz electronic theory to show that planar chiral structures (PCSs) can be described by an effective dielectric tensor similar to that of biaxial elliptically dichroic crystals. Such a crystal is shown to behave like a PCS insofar as it exhibits its characteristic optical properties, namely, corotating elliptical polarization eigenstates and asymmetric, direction-dependent transmission for left- or right-handed incident wave polarization.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(050.2065) Diffraction and gratings : Effective medium theory
(350.3618) Other areas of optics : Left-handed materials
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2009
Published: June 24, 2009

Citation
Sergei V. Zhukovsky, Andrey V. Novitsky, and Vladimir M. Galynsky, "Elliptical dichroism: operating principle of planar chiral metamaterials," Opt. Lett. 34, 1988-1990 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-13-1988


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