Abstract

We investigate the basic features of wave propagation in pseudochiral media characterized by symmetric magneto-electric tensors with zero diagonal elements. The wave propagation is described by two dispersion relations with elliptically polarized eigenwaves. For a linearly polarized wave incident from vacuum onto a pseudochiral medium, the transmitted waves are elliptically polarized, whereas the reflected wave remains to be linearly polarized. A generalized form of Fresnel equations for reflection and transmission coefficients is derived for pseudochiral media, which includes the chirality as an additional parameter. Brewster’s angles that correspond to zero reflection from the interface are also studied.

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