Experimental observation of specular optical activity

Bungay, A.R., Svirko, Yu.P. and Zheludev, N.I. (1993) Experimental observation of specular optical activity. Physical Review Letters, 70, (20), 3039-42. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.70.3039).


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We report the first positive experimental observation of the optical activity effect on normal reflection. The experiment was performed along the optic axis in a gyrotropic semiconductor crystal of alpha-HgS, cinnabar, in a spectral region of strong absorption. Reflected light polarization azimuth rotation resulting from the reflection is in the order of 10^-4 rad and has pronounced dependence on h-omega-Eg.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0031-9007 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 78504
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:59
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78504

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