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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2253–2260

Orbital angular momentum of Laguerre–Gaussian beams beyond the paraxial approximation

Alexander Cerjan and Charles Cerjan  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 11, pp. 2253-2260 (2011)

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We derive a full field solution for Laguerre–Gaussian beams consistent with the Helmholtz equation using the angular spectrum method. Field components are presented as an order expansion in the ratio of the wave length to the beam waist, f = λ / ( 2 π w 0 ) , which is typically small. The result is then generalized to a beam of arbitrary polarization. This result is then used to reproduce the signature angular momentum properties of Laguerre–Gaussian beams in the paraxial limit. The subsequent higher-order term is similarly obtained, which does not display a clear separation of orbital and spin angular momentum components.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(070.2590) Fourier optics and signal processing : ABCD transforms

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: June 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2011
Published: October 11, 2011

Alexander Cerjan and Charles Cerjan, "Orbital angular momentum of Laguerre–Gaussian beams beyond the paraxial approximation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 2253-2260 (2011)

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