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Differential reflection of circularly polarized light from a naturally optically active medium
Author(s): Jacques P. Badoz; Mark P. Silverman
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Paper Abstract

The difference in specular reflection of left and right circularly polarized light from a naturally optically active sample (an absorbing chiral liquid) was observed and measured as a function of wavenumber under conditions of double-pass total reflection. The imaginary part of the refractive index reached a maximum value on the order of 10-4 (at 21,000 cm-1); the real and imaginary parts of the complex gyrotropic parameter were on the order of 10-8 and 5 X 10-7, respectively. In accord with recent predictions, the observed differential circular reflection exceeded the intrinsic chiral parameters by some three orders of magnitude. This is the first observation of natural molecular optical activity by coherent light scattering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1746, Polarization Analysis and Measurement, (11 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138794
Show Author Affiliations
Jacques P. Badoz, Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie/CNRS (France)
Mark P. Silverman, Trinity College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1746:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement
Dennis H. Goldstein; Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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