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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1999
  • pp: 2914–2916

SU(2) structure of the Poincaré sphere for light beams with orbital angular momentum

G. S. Agarwal  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 2914-2916 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.16.002914


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Abstract

An SU(2) basis for the recently proposed analog of the Poincaré sphere for light beams with orbital angular momentum is presented. The work of PadgettCourtial [Opt. Lett. 24, 430 (1999)] is generalized in several directions, including quantized as well as partially coherent beams with orbital angular momentum. The SU(N) version of the present theory can be used for higher-order Laguerre–Gauss beams.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 7, 1999
Revised Manuscript: August 23, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 1999
Published: December 1, 1999

Citation
G. S. Agarwal, "SU(2) structure of the Poincaré sphere for light beams with orbital angular momentum," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 2914-2916 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-16-12-2914

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