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Phase effects on reflection of narrow-extent optical pulses from axially excited chiral sculptured thin films
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Paper Abstract

Sculptured thin films (STFs) comprise parallel bent nanowires that are 30-100 nm in diameter. Using a finite-difference algorithm, we solved the time-domain Maxwell equations to investigate the reflection of optical narrow-extent pulses from both linear and nonlinear chiral STFs. Although he axial component of the Poynting vector -- the pulse shape -- is invariant to changes of carrier wave phase in the incident pulse, we determined that the reflected pulse shape is affected by those changes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5219, Nanotubes and Nanowires, (27 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.501083
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Joseph B. Geddes III, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5219:
Nanotubes and Nanowires
Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Sergey Maksimenko, Editor(s)

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