Aharonov-Bohm-like effect for light propagating in nematics with disclinationsA. M. de M. Carvalho1, C. Sátiro2 and F. Moraes2
1 Departamento de Física, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana - BR116-Norte, Km 3, 44031-460, Feira de Santana, BA, Brazil
2 Departamento de Física, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraíba - Caixa Postal 5008, 58051-970 João Pessoa, PB, Brazil
received 22 May 2007; accepted in final form 20 September 2007; published November 2007
published online 23 October 2007
Using a geometric approach for the propagation of light in anisotropic media, we investigate what effect the director field of disclinations may have on the polarization state of light. Parallel transport around the defect, of the spinor describing the polarization, indicates the acquisition of a topological phase, in analogy with the Aharonov-Bohm effect.
61.30.Jf - Defects in liquid crystals.
42.70.Df - Liquid crystals.
03.65.Vf - Phases: geometric; dynamic or topological.
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