Abstract

The effect of the handedness of chiral materials on the differential scattering cross section of embedded conducting wires is examined. The bow-tie-shaped induced current distributions and the resulting forbidden zone of radiation are explained through fundamental physical principles. We find that thin-wire scatterers can be divided into subchiral, chiral, and superchiral classes according to the degree of chirality of the host material and the electromagnetic length of the wire.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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