Propagation along the direction of inhomogeneity in an inhomogeneous chiral medium

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

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Abstract

Wave propagation in unidirectionally inhomogeneous chiral media is examined, i.e. the constitutive properties of the chiral media vary along the z axis; it is also assumed that the electromagnetic field is a function of the z coordinate alone. It is shown that the electromagnetic field, in the present arrangement, can be decomposed into two mutually-independent circularly-polarized states. Coupled first-order differential equations are derived to describe the fields, and various solution procedures discussed. Extension is made to the case when the medium inhomogeneity is periodic, for which case a perturbational solution is explicitly given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1273
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

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Electromagnetic fields
Wave propagation
Differential equations
Direction compound

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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In: International Journal of Engineering Science, Vol. 27, No. 10, 1989, p. 1267-1273.

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