Optical activity in the scattering of structured light

Cameron, Robert P and Barnett, Steve (2014) Optical activity in the scattering of structured light. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16. pp. 25819-25829. ISSN 1463-9076 (https://doi.org/10.1039/C4CP03505D)

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We observe that optical activity in light scattering can be probed using types of illuminating light other than single plane (or quasi plane) waves and that this introduces new possibilities for the study of molecules and atoms. We demonstrate this explicitly for natural Rayleigh optical activity which, we suggest, could be exploited as a new form of spectroscopy for chiral molecules through the use of illuminating light comprised of two plane waves that are counter propagating.


Cameron, Robert P ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-5459 and Barnett, Steve;