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Unpolarized light vs. Circularly polarized plane wave: Is there a difference?


I was reading a paper that used DDSCAT+ to simulate some experiments using gold triangular nanoprisms. It was stated that “The target structure was excited with unpolarized 780 nm light, simulated by a circularly polarized plane wave.” I am unsure what is meant by this. Does this imply that running a simulation with circularly polarized light yields results of using an unpolarized light?


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    Prashant K Jain

    For non-chiral geometries, a simulation with CPL (either handedness) will produce results equivalent to unpolarized light.

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