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No circular birefringence in a chiral medium: an analysis of single-mode refraction

  title={No circular birefringence in a chiral medium: an analysis of single-mode refraction},
  author={Zhifei Hu and Chun-Fang Li},
It is generally believed that the right-handed circularly polarized (RCP) and left-handed circularly polarized (LCP) waves in an isotropic chiral medium propagate at different velocities, known as circular birefringence. Here we show that this is not the case. After obtaining the refraction and reflection coefficients of any elliptically polarized wave at the surface of a chiral medium, we derive the conditions for single-mode refraction. By means of the process of single-mode refraction, we… 

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