This paper investigates light wave propagation in partially ordered birefringent optical media, with focusing on the influence of the degree of molecular ordering on the propagating modes. The double refraction at isotropic/partially ordered interface is also studied, where the impact of the order parameter on the ordinary and extraordinary refracted waves is discussed. This paper also demonstrates the importance of involving the order parameter in studying the total internal reflection (TIR).
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