A spectral route to determining chirality

Pedersen, Jesper Goor; Mortensen, Niels Asger
October 2009
Applied Physics Letters;10/12/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 15, p151104
Academic Journal
We show how one-dimensional structured media can be used to measure chirality, via the spectral shift of the photonic band gap edges. Analytically, we show that a chiral contrast can, in some cases, be mapped unto an index contrast, thereby greatly simplifying the analysis of such structures. Using this mapping, we derive a first-order shift of the band gap edges with chirality. Potentially, this effect could be used for measuring enantiomeric excess.


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