Propagation matrix for optics of isotropic chiral slabs and multilayers Academic Article uri icon


  • Analytic and exact form is derived for the propagation matrix to describe electromagnetic waves propagation, reflection and transmission properties of isotropic chiral slabs and multi-layers. Using this form a faster speed of the calculation is demonstrated. The enhancement of chiral reflection in a Fabry-Perot configuration is presented. We found a controversy with the existing expression derived by Schmidt and Eidner (Optik 84, (1990) 43-46) as well as part of their numerical results which is attributed to some errors in their solution.

publication date

  • January 1, 2000