Light propagation in crystals
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When an electromagnetic wave propagates in a crystal, the material becomes electrically polarized by the electric field of the wave since its electrical permittivity is different from that of vacuum. The propagation of electromagnetic waves is governed by Maxwell’s equations. In the case of anisotropic materials, these yield the birefringence of crystals, which is thoroughly discussed.
KeywordsWave Surface Wave Vector Optic Axis Isotropic Material Anisotropic Material
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