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On electromagnetic waves in chiral media

by D. L. Jaggard, A. R. Mickelson, C. H. Papas
Applied Physics ()

Abstract

The propagation of electromagnetic waves through chiral media, i.e., through composite media consisting of macroscopic chiral objects randomly embedded in a dielectric is analyzed. The peculiar effects that such media have on the polarization properties of the waves are placed in evidence. To demonstrate the physical basis of these effects a specific example, chosen for its analytical simplicity, is worked out from first principles.

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