On equivalency of the Casimir and the Landau-Lifshits approach to optical electrodynamics

Bungay, A.R., Svirko, Yu.P. and Zheludev, N.I. (1993) On equivalency of the Casimir and the Landau-Lifshits approach to optical electrodynamics. Physical Review B, 47, (18), 11730-11735. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.47.11730).


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The controversial discussion on the existence of the specular optical activity phenomenon is reexamined. We prove here that the effect is predicted by approaches based both on the Casimir and the Landau-Lifshitz material equations and that these equations are in fact equivalent if crucial terms containing the derivatives of the nonlocal susceptibilities are taken into account in the derivation. Polarization azimuth rotation in the reflected wave of the scale 2×10^-6 to 2×10^-4 rad may be expected in absorbing optically active crystals. We also show that specular optical activity is intrinsically linked with the transmission effect.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.47.11730
ISSNs: 1098-0121 (print)
1550-235X (electronic)
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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: 78505
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 1993Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 10:19
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78505

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