Rotatory Power and Optical Activity



Going through some crystals rotates the linear polarization of incident radiation. This phenomenon, known as rotatory power or circular birefringence, is described by a difference in refractive index for right- and left-hand circular polarization. It is interpreted through the gyrotropy tensor, related to the space dependence of the permittivity tensor. The investigation of this tensor makes it possible to determine what point groups a crystal must belong to in order to feature this property.


Optical Activity Orthonormal Frame Rotatory Power Circular Birefringence Axial Tensor 
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  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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