Coupled oscillator-type derivation of magnetic circular dichroism

Alison Rodger*, Bengt Nordén

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A new formalism for magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) is presented that is in many ways analogous to the Kirkwood-Kuhn coupled oscillator formalism for the circular dichroism arising from the coupling of electric dipole allowed transitions. The nature of the A-, B-, and C-terms that are usually used to interpret MCD spectra is more transparent with this formalism than with those in the literature. The paper concludes with a brief analysis of some literature examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-421
Number of pages13
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Coupled oscillator
  • Magnetic circular dichroism - MCD


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