Simultaneous amplification and attenuation in isotropic chiral materials

Tom G. Mackay, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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The electromagnetic field phasors in an isotropic chiral material (ICM) are superpositions of two Beltrami fields of different handedness. Application of the Bruggeman homogenization formalism to two-component composite materials delivers ICMs wherein Beltrami fields of one handedness attenuate whereas Beltrami fields of the other handedness amplify. One component material is a dissipative ICM, the other an active dielectric material. The range of the volume fraction of the active component material for which simultaneous amplification and attenuation is exhibited decreases - but does not vanish - as the ICM component becomes more dissipative and as its chirality parameter reduces in magnitude.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055104
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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