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Extended energy approach to the propagation problems in general anisotropic media
Author(s): Sina Khorasani; Bizhan Rashidian
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Paper Abstract

In this article it is shown that the plane wave propagation eigenpolarizations in a linear homogeneous time-independent anisotropic media without free sources, coincide with the extrema of the difference between stored electric and magnetic energies. It is demonstrated that at these stationary points the wave equation is satisfied, by showing that each of the Maxwell's curl equations may be obtained by inserting the other equation into the energy functional as a constraint. Furthermore, it is proved that the theorem holds for extrema of the stored electric energy independently, when the medium is magnetically isotropic. It is concluded that when at least one of the permittivity and permeability tensors are scalar, both the total and difference of electric and magnetic energies are extremized simultaneously. As an example, the eigenpolarizations in a non-magnetic anisotropic medium with optical activity are obtained by this approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4594, Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices II, (29 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446583
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Sina Khorasani, Sharif Univ. of Technology (United States)
Bizhan Rashidian, Sharif Univ. of Technology (Iran)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4594:
Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices II

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