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Berry phase of light Bragg-reflected by chiral liquid crystal media

Authors
  • Barboza, Raouf
  • Bortolozzo, Umberto
  • Residori, Stefania
  • Clerc, Marcel G.
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Apr 17, 2016
Submission Date
Apr 17, 2016
Identifiers
arXiv ID: 1604.04923
Source
arXiv
License
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Abstract

Berry phase is revealed for circularly polarized light when it is Bragg-reflected by a chiral liquid crystal medium of the same handedness. By using a chiral nematic layer we demonstrate that if the input plane of the layer is rotated with respect to a fixed reference frame, then, a geometric phase effect occurs for the circularly polarized light reflected by the periodic helical structure of the medium. Theory and numerical simulations are supported by an experimental observation, disclosing novel applications in the field of optical manipulation and fundamental optical phenomena.

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