Chiral mirror and optical resonator designs for circularly polarized light: Suppression of cross-polarized reflectances and transmittances

Ian J. Hodgkinson, Qi H. Wu, Matthew Arnold, Martin W. McCall, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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A left-handed chiral sculptured thin film (STF) that reflects strongly at the wavelength of the circular Bragg resonance tends to partially convert the handedness of incident LCP (left-circularly-polarized) light to RCP (right-circularly-polarized). We show that the cross-polarized component of the reflected RCP beam can be eliminated by interference with an additional RCP beam that is reflected at the interface of an isotropic cover and an AR (antireflecting) layer. For best results the refractive index and thickness of the AR layer need to accommodate a phase change on reflection that occurs at the chiral film. Effective suppression of the reflectances RRR, RRL, RLR and the transmittances TRL, TLR can be achieved by sandwiching the chiral reflector between such amplitude and phase-matched AR coatings. Co-polarized chiral reflectors of this type may form efficient handed optical resonators. For LCP light the optical properties of such a handed resonator are formally the same as the properties of the isotropic passive or active Fabry-Perot resonators, but the handed resonator is transparent to RCP light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number3-6
StatePublished - Sep 15 2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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