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Opt Express. 2012 Nov 19;20(24):26326-36. doi: 10.1364/OE.20.026326.

Formation of chiral fields in a symmetric environment.

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4th Physics Institute, Research Center SCoPE, and Research Center SimTech, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany.


Chiral fields, i. e., electromagnetic fields with nonvanishing optical chirality, can occur next to symmetric nanostructures without geometrical chirality illuminated with linearly polarized light at normal incidence. A simple dipole model is utilized to explain this behavior theoretically. Illuminated with circularly polarized light, the chiral near-fields are still dominated by the distributions found for the linear polarization but show additional features due to the optical chirality of the incident light. Rotating the angle of linear polarization introduces more subtle changes to the distribution of optical chirality. Using our findings, we propose a novel scheme to obtain chiroptical far-field response using linearly polarized light, which could be utilized for applications such as optical enantiomer sensing.

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