The boundary-value problem of the reflection and transmission of a plane wave due to a slab of an electro-optic structurally chiral material (SCM) is formulated in terms of a 4 × 4 matrix ordinary differential equation. The SCM slab can be locally endowed with one of 20 classes of point group symmetry, and is subjected to a dc voltage across its thickness (i.e., parallel to the axis of non-homogeneity of the SCM). The enhancement (and, in some cases, the production) of the circular Bragg phenomenon (CBP) by the application of the dc voltage has either switching or circular-polarization-rejection applications in optics. The twin possibilities of thinner filters and electrical manipulation of the CBP, depending on the local crystallographic class as well as the constitutive parameters of the SCM, emerge.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering