Propagation along the direction of inhomogeneity in an inhomogeneous chiral medium

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

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Wave propagation in unidirectionally inhomogeneous chiral media is examined, i.e. the constitutive properties of the chiral media vary along the z axis; it is also assumed that the electromagnetic field is a function of the z coordinate alone. It is shown that the electromagnetic field, in the present arrangement, can be decomposed into two mutually-independent circularly-polarized states. Coupled first-order differential equations are derived to describe the fields, and various solution procedures discussed. Extension is made to the case when the medium inhomogeneity is periodic, for which case a perturbational solution is explicitly given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1273
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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