Explicit expressions for spectral remittances of axially excited chiral sculptured thin films

Martin W. McCall, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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A theory of reflection and transmission of normally incident plane waves to a chiral sculptured thin film (CSTF) is presented. It is based on a coupled wave approach, in which the handedness-reversing reflections at the medium's interfaces are combined with the handedness-preserving distributed reflection inside the CSTF. Explicit formulas for the various reflection and transmission coefficients are derived. The method is shown to provide acceptable quantitative agreement with the exact full electromagnetic analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-127
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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