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Light propagation in crystals

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Wave Surface Wave Vector Optic Axis Isotropic Material Anisotropic Material 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie, case 115, 4 place JussieuUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Bâtiment Condorcet, case 7021Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7Paris CedexFrance
  3. 3.Grenoble-INP et Institut Néel du CNRS, B.P. 166Université Grenoble-AlpesGrenobleFrance

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