Abstract

In a previous paper, simple analytic expressions describing internal conical refraction were derived. That analysis is extended in this paper to describe the effects of optical activity or Faraday rotation on conical refraction. By use of a similar analysis, the generally elliptical-wave modes to which the incident wave bundle couples were determined and the Poynting vector associated with each mode was found. From the variation of the Poynting vector with wave position, the structure of the cone and the irradiance variation within it were determined. The calculations are compared with published experimental results. From this analysis, we infer a variation of the position of the dark spaces in polarized light with polarization, which is not indicated by previous work.

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