3 years ago

Higher-order geometrical optics for circularly-polarized electromagnetic waves.

Sam R Dolan

We study the geometrical-optics expansion for circularly-polarized electromagnetic waves propagating on a curved spacetime in general relativity. We show that higher-order corrections to the Faraday and stress-energy tensors may be found via a system of transport equations, in principle. At sub-leading order, the stress-energy tensor possesses terms proportional to the wavelength whose sign depends on the handedness of the circular polarization. Due to such terms, the direction of energy flow is not aligned with the gradient of the eikonal phase, in general, and the wave may carry a transverse stress. The flow direction is consistent with a modified phase which includes a correction due to the differential precession arising in parallel-propagated basis on a curved spacetime. The result also appears consistent with the posited existence of an optical Magnus effect, and with a spin-helicity effect in the absorption of electromagnetic waves by a Kerr black hole.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.02273

DOI: arXiv:1801.02273v2

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