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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 8 — Aug. 10, 2007

Mueller matrices for waves reflected and transmitted through chiral materials: waveguide modal solutions and applications

Ezekiel Bahar  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 7, pp. 1610-1619 (2007)

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Mueller matrices for waves reflected and transmitted through chiral materials are derived in terms of elements of the like- and cross-linearly polarized reflection and transmission coefficients. The diagonal-like-polarized reflection and transmission coefficients are insensitive to the chiral properties of the material, while the off-diagonal cross-polarized terms are proportional to the chiral parameter to first order. Therefore only the eight quasi-off-diagonal elements of the Mueller matrix are proportional to the chiral parameters. Since the cross-polarized coefficients are in time quadrature with respect to the like-polarized coefficients, two pairs of these quasi-off-diagonal elements are most sensitive to chirality. The waveguide modes that propagate along a chiral slab are derived. Applications are considered for the optimum detection of chiral materials.

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OCIS Codes
(000.1430) General : Biology and medicine
(000.2690) General : General physics
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: July 26, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2007
Published: June 15, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ezekiel Bahar, "Mueller matrices for waves reflected and transmitted through chiral materials: waveguide modal solutions and applications," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 1610-1619 (2007)

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