Optical manifestations of planar chirality

A. Papakostas, A. Potts, D. M. Bagnall, S. L. Prosvirnin, H. J. Coles, N. I. Zheludev*

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We report that planar chiral structures affect the polarization state of light in a manner similar to three-dimensional chiral (optical active) media. In experiments with artificial metal-on-silicon chiral planar gratings of 442 wallpaper group symmetry, containing millions of chiral elements per square centimeter, we observed rotation of the polarization azimuth in excess of 30° of light diffracted from it. The rotation was found to change its sign for two enantiomeric forms of the media and to have components associated with both the structural arrangement and the chirality of individual structural elements.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107404
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


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