By Toralf Scharf

ISBN-10: 0470074361

ISBN-13: 9780470074367

ISBN-10: 0471740640

ISBN-13: 9780471740643

Polarized gentle in Liquid Crystals and Polymers bargains with the linear optics of birefringent fabrics, corresponding to liquid crystals and polymers, and surveys gentle propagation in such media with designated cognizance to purposes. it's precise in treating mild propagation in micro- and nanostructured birefringent optical components, resembling lenses and gratings composed of birefringent fabrics, in addition to the spatial various anisotropic buildings usually present in miniaturized liquid crystal units.

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The incident wave travels with k1, the reflected and refracted waves with k 3 and k 2, respectively. The wavenormals are perpendicular to the wavevectors and are indicated by the ensemble of planes. The coordinate system allows the calculation of the transmission and reflection coefficients. and the angles of refraction and incidence satisfy Snell’s law, n1 sin u1 ¼ n2 sin u2 : (3:11) To relate the amplitudes and polarizations of the three waves we associate with each wave an x0 – y0 coordinate system in a plane normal to the direction of propagation.

More generally, constitutive relations may be inhomogeneous, anisotropic, nonlinear, frequency-dependent (dispersive), or all of the above. In inhomogeneous materials, the permittivity 1 depends on the location r within the material: D(r, t) ¼ 10 1(r)E(r, t): (2:12) In anisotropic materials, 1 depends on direction and becomes a tensor. The constitutive relations may be written component-wise in matrix (or tensor) form as 0 1 0 1xx Dx @ Dy A ¼ 10@ 1yx 1zx Dz 1xy 1yy 1zy 10 1 1xz Ex 1yz A@ Ey A: 1zz Ez (2:13) 22 ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES IN ANISOTROPIC MATERIALS It is important to note that for a lossless and nonoptically active medium, 1ij ¼ 1ji.

In the positive uniaxial case, the normal surface for the extraordinary propagation is an ellipse and completely surrounds the spherical k surface for ordinary propagation. For the negative uniaxial material the sphere for ordinary propagation surrounds the ellipse for extraordinary propagation. 11 With the help of the normal surface the different quantities describing electromagnetic wave propagation are visualized. D is perpendicular to the propagation direction k and the phase velocity vp. The electric field E is perpendicular to the direction of S (energy flow) and the group velocity vr.

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