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Energy approach to the propagation of light waves in anisotropic crystals
Author(s): Sina Khorasani; Bizhan Rashidian
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Paper Abstract

In this article the relation between the directions of eigen-polarizations of light waves with the stored electrical energy in an anisotropic medium is discussed, and it is shown that each of two eigen-polarizations correspond to an extremum in the stored electrical energy. So for a given direction of a wave vector and a given magnitude of displacement electric field vector, there exist two extrema that result in the eigen-polarizations. It is shown that this conclusion also holds for plane waves in materials with anisotropic permeability tensor. An interesting effect is found that normal to the crystal axes, the distribution of energy in different directions is uniform. THerefore, for uniaxial crystals, only one of such plane directions could exist while for biaxial crystals, two such planes could be found, corresponding to the two optical axes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3896, Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices, (12 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.370368
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Sina Khorasani, Sharif Univ. of Technology (United States)
Bizhan Rashidian, Sharif Univ. of Technology (Iran)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3896:
Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices
Marek Osinski; Soo-Jin Chua; Shigefusa F. Chichibu, Editor(s)

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