Reckoning electromagnetic principles with polarimetric measurements of anisotropic optically active crystals

Oriol Arteaga, John Freudenthal, Bart Kahr

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Abstract

A method is introduced to correlate electromagnetic theory and polarimetric experiments for anisotropic optically active crystals at oblique angles of incidence. It is based on the 4 × 4 algebraic descriptions of light propagation in layered anisotropic media, which can be simplified to 2 × 2 matrices when multiple reflections are disregarded. Spectroscopic Mueller matrix measurements in transmission and at oblique angles of incidence have been made on two uniaxial crystals: α-quartz and silver thiogallate. Their optical activity tensors have been spectroscopically determined using the method presented here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-291
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 9 2012

Keywords

  • anisotropic crystals
  • electromagnetic theory
  • optical activity
  • polarimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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