Supersymmetric behavior of polarized electromagnetic waves in anisotropic media

Felipe A. Asenjo, Sergio A. Hojman, Braulio M. Villegas-Martínez, Héctor M. Moya-Cessa, Francisco Soto-Eguibar

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A medium with specific anisotropic refractive indices can induce a supersymmetric behavior in the propagation of polarized electromagnetic waves, in an analog fashion to a quantum mechanical system. The polarizations of the wave are the ones which behave as superpartners from each other. For this to happen, the anisotropy of the medium must be transverse to the direction of propagation of the wave, with different refractive indices along the direction of each polarization, being in this way a biaxial medium. These refractive indices must be complex and follow a very specific relation in order to trigger the supersymetric response of the electromagnetic wave, each of them with spatial dependence on the longitudinal (propagation) direction of the wave. In this form, in these materials, different polarized light can be used to test supersymmetry in an optical fashion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2450013
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Issue number6
StatePublished - 28 Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Electromagnetic waves
  • anisotropic media
  • supersymmetry


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