Light propagation along the helix of chiral smectics and twisted nematics

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A new approach to the description of electromagnetic wave propagation along the helix of helicoidal liquid crystals is presented. It consists of transforming the field components in the 4 × 4 matrix formulation, into a system such that the coefficients matrix becomes a constant. The method gives directly the characteristic matrix of the structure from which many optical properties can be easily deduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-448
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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