Moscow University Physics Bulletin

, Volume 72, Issue 6, pp 527–534 | Cite as

Electromagnetic Waves in a Medium with Screw Dislocations

  • N. Ed. Smirnov
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics


It is shown that in a medium with screw dislocations oriented predominantly along one axis the rotational velocity of the plane of polarization of an electromagnetic wave is much greater when it propagates in the direction perpendicular to this axis than in the parallel direction. For a given dislocation density tensor, the conditions under which the rotational velocity of the plane of polarization of the electromagnetic wave reaches its maximum are found.


condensed matter dislocations electrodynamics geometric optics 


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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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