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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics