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Light propagation in chiral and magnetochiral random media: the impact of broken symmetries
Author(s): Felipe A. Pinheiro; B. A. van Tiggelen
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Paper Abstract

We investigate light transport and scattering in random media with broken mirror and/or time-reversal symmetries. Using microscopic transport theory, we demonstrate the residual circular polarization of diffuse light in chiral optical media, associated with broken mirror symmetry. We introduce a model to describe light scattering in inhomogeneous magnetochiral media, which occurs for broken mirror nd time-reversal symmetries. In such media, we define a new optical measure for the degree of chirality and calculate it for some simple chiral systems and even use it to probe the chirality of random media.

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Date Published: 21 October 2004
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5622, 5th Iberoamerican Meeting on Optics and 8th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Their Applications, (21 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.591569
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Felipe A. Pinheiro, Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (Brazil)
B. A. van Tiggelen, Lab. de Physique et Modelisations des Milieux Condenses, CNRS (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5622:
5th Iberoamerican Meeting on Optics and 8th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Their Applications
Aristides Marcano O.; Jose Luis Paz, Editor(s)

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