Ellipsoid-based model of structure-response relationships for chiral sculptured thin films

Joseph A. Sherwin, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Dielectric versions of helicoidal bianisotropic mediums (HBMs) have been realized recently as chiral sculptured thin films (STFs). With a view to understanding their structure-response relationships, these STFs are modeled as periodically arranged stacks of dielectric ellipsoidal inclusions in air. The inclusions are assumed to be randomly dispersed and similarly oriented in each stack, and the Bruggeman formalism is adopted for local homogenization. The constitutive properties are examined as functions of inclusion shape, volume fraction, and orientation angles. Optical signatures of the modeled thin-film HBM (TFHBM) layers, assumed axially excited, are calculated after solving a boundary value problem. Several conclusions drawn from the calculated spectrums of co- and cross-polarized reflectances and transmittances, true and apparent circular dichroisms, true and apparent linear dichroisms, ellipticity transformation, and optical rotation are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-253
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
EventComplex Mediums - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 30 2000Aug 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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