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Natural optical activity and its control by electric field in electroroidic materials
Physical Review B (2013)
  • Sergey Prosandeev, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Andrei Malashevich, Yale University
  • Zhigang Gui, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Lydie Louis, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Raymond T Walter, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Ivo Souza, Universidad del Pais Vasco
  • Laurent Bellaiche, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
We propose the existence, via analytical derivations, novel phenomenologies, and first-principles-based
simulations, of a class of materials that are not only spontaneously optically active, but also for which the
sense of rotation can be switched by an electric field applied to them via an induced transition between the
dextrorotatory and laevorotatory forms. Such systems possess electric vortices that are coupled to a spontaneous
electrical polarization. Furthermore, our atomistic simulations provide a deep microscopic insight into, and
understanding of, this class of naturally optically active materials.
  • Electrochromism,
  • Ferroelectric composite materials,
  • Piezoelectric composite materials,
  • Optical activity,
  • Computer modeling and simulation of optical properties
Publication Date
May 9, 2013
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.195111
Citation Information
Sergey Prosandeev, Andrei Malashevich, Zhigang Gui, Lydie Louis, et al.. "Natural optical activity and its control by electric field in electroroidic materials" Physical Review B Vol. 87 (2013) ISSN: 1550-235X
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