Effective properties of a sparse random distribution of non-interacting small chiral spheres in a chiral host medium

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Vijay K. Varadan, Vasundara V. Varadan

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The problem solved here consists of estimating the effective medium properties of a chiral composite made of a dilute concentration of small non-interacting chiral spheres, randomly suspended in a chiral host medium. Volume integral equations to determine the scattering characteristics of an inhomogeneous chiral scatterer are obtained. These equations are utilized to derive the general electromagnetic polarizability tensor of a small homogeneous chiral sphere embedded in a homogeneous chiral host medium. Finally, from the polarizability tensor, several conclusions regarding the effective properties of the chiral-chiral composite are obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 14 1991


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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