• Optical birefringence in a fluid near its critical point with stratification under gravity

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      Critical point phenomena; optical birefringence; stratified media

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      Electromagnetic wave propagation in an inhomogeneous medium is discussed in the context of light propagation in a fluid near its critical point, stratified under gravity. The system exhibits birefringence, where the transverse electric (te) and the transverse magnetic (tm) waves travel with different phase-velocities, depending upon the density-gradients with height set up in the system. The possibility of experimentally detecting the predicted phenomenon is also discussed.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      S Chatterjee1 E S R Gopal1 2

      1. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012, India
      2. Central Instruments and Services Laboratory/Regional Instrumentation Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012, India
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  • Journal of Chemical Sciences | News

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