Spontaneous radiation of a chiral molecule located near a half-space of a bi-isotropic material

  • D. V. Guzatov
  • V. V. Klimov
  • N. S. Poprukailo
Atoms, Molecules, Optics


Analytical expressions for the rate of spontaneous emission from a chiral (optically active) molecule located near a half-space occupied by a chiral (bi-isotropic) material have been obtained and analyzed in detail. It is established that the rates of spontaneous emission from the “right” and “left” enantiomers of molecules occurring near the chiral medium may significantly differ in cases of chiral materials with (i) both negative dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability (DNG metamaterial) and (ii) negative permeability and positive permittivity (MNG metamaterial). Based on this phenomenon, DMG and MNG metamaterials can be used to create devices capable of separating right and left enantiomers in racemic mixtures.


Dielectric Permittivity Half Space Spontaneous Emission Magnetic Permeability Magnetic Dipole Moment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. V. Guzatov
    • 1
  • V. V. Klimov
    • 2
  • N. S. Poprukailo
    • 1
  1. 1.Yanka Kupala Grodno State UniversityGrodnoBelarus
  2. 2.Lebedev Physical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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