X-ray birefringence in highly Anisotropic Materials

S. P. Collins, I. Dolbnya, B. A. Palmer, G. R. Edwards-Gau, A. Morte-Ródenas, B. M. Kariuki, G. Keat Lim, K. D.M. Harris, Y. Joly

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Birefringence is the dependence of a material's refractive index on the direction of linear polarization. It induces a phase shift between two perpendicular polarization directions and thus couples linear and circular polarization states. Birefringence in X-ray absorption is as common as linear dichroism but is rarely discussed in the literature. We outline a mathematical framework for describing experiments on birefringence and illustrate the importance of the phenomenon with three examples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132015
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberPART 13
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, SRI 2012 - Lyon, France
Duration: 9 Jul 201213 Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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