Reflection and transmission characteristics of a structurally chiral slab: intrinsic anisotropy and form chirality

V. V. Varadan, A. Lakhtakia, V. K. Varadan

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A structurally chiral slab is constructed by stacking up identical uniaxial plates, the consecutive optic axes describing either a right- or a left-handed spiral. In such a laminar composite, form chirality is intertwined with intrinsic anisotropy. The plane wave reflection and transmission characteristics of such a slab are explored in relation to its handedness. It is observed that while the co-polarized characteristics are unaffected by the form chirality, the cross-polarized reflected and transmitted fields are influenced by it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalOptik (Jena)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 1988


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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