Dilute random distribution of small chiral spheres

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Vijay K. Varadan, Vasundara V. Varadan

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The problem solved here consists of estimating the effective-medium properties of a chiral composite made of a dilute concentration of small noninteracting chiral spheres, randomly suspended in free space. Volume integral equations, to determine the scattering characteristics of an inhomogeneous chiral scatterer, are obtained. These equations are used to derive the general electromagnetic polarizability matrix of a small, homogeneous, chiral sphere embedded in free space. Finally, from the polarizability matrix, several conclusions regarding the effective properties of the chiral composite are obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3627-3632
Number of pages6
JournalApplied optics
Issue number25
StatePublished - Sep 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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