Propagation matrix for optics of isotropic chiral slabs and multilayers

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Abstract

Analytic and exact form is derived for the propagation matrix to describe electromagnetic waves propagation, reflection and transmission properties of isotropic chiral slabs and multi-layers. Using this form a faster speed of the calculation is demonstrated. The enhancement of chiral reflection in a Fabry-Perot configuration is presented. We found a controversy with the existing expression derived by Schmidt and Eidner (Optik 84, (1990) 43-46) as well as part of their numerical results which is attributed to some errors in their solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalOptik
Volume111
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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