Birefringence is the dependence of a material's refractive index on the direction of linear polarization. It induces a phase shift between two perpendicular polarization directions and thus couples linear and circular polarization states. Birefringence in X-ray absorption is as common as linear dichroism but is rarely discussed in the literature. We outline a mathematical framework for describing experiments on birefringence and illustrate the importance of the phenomenon with three examples.
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Issue number||PART 13|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2013|
|Event||11th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, SRI 2012 - Lyon, France|
Duration: 9 Jul 2012 → 13 Jul 2012
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (all)