Il Nuovo Cimento D

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 575–583

Electromagnetic-wave scattering from chiral spheres in chiral media

  • M. K. Hinders
  • B. A. Rhodes

DOI: 10.1007/BF02462344

Cite this article as:
Hinders, M.K. & Rhodes, B.A. Nouv Cim D (1992) 14: 575. doi:10.1007/BF02462344


The scattering of electromagnetic waves in chiral (optically active) media from chiral spheres is studied. Mie-scattering techniques are used to find the exact solution for plane-electromagnetic-wave scattering from a chiral sphere of arbitrary size in an infinitely extended chiral medium of arbitrarily different permeability, permittivity, and chirality, and the scattering and extinction efficiencies for chiral spheres in chiral media are derived. Special cases of achiral exterior medium-chiral sphere and achiral exterior medium-achiral scatterer are considered and in the latter case well-known results of Mie scattering are recovered. Simplified results for small spheres are also found for the limit of Rayleigh scattering.

PACS 42.10

Propagation and transmission in homogeneous media 

PACS 78.20

Optical properties of bulk materials 

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© Società Italiana di Fisica 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Hinders
    • 1
  • B. A. Rhodes
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Technological Laboratory, Inc.Belmont
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyHarvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s HospitalBoston