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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2008
  • pp: 491–494

Ladder operators formalism for optical angular momentum transfer and space-variant Pancharatnam–Berry phase

Hyunhee Choi, J. H. Woo, and J. W. Wu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 491-494 (2008)

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Ladder operators are introduced in SU(2) parameter space to analyze the space-variant Pancharatnam–Berry (PB) phase. The spin and orbital angular momentum transfers to a wave passing through the PB phase optical elements are understood in terms of the PB phase. Space-variant PB phase structures are identified in polarization grating and cholesteric liquid crystal, providing an explanation for the beam propagation direction alteration. A simultaneous occurrence of the wavefront shaping and the beam propagation direction alteration is demonstrated experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.1370) Other areas of optics : Berry's phase

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: November 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 6, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2008
Published: March 18, 2008

Hyunhee Choi, J. H. Woo, and J. W. Wu, "Ladder operators formalism for optical angular momentum transfer and space-variant Pancharatnam-Berry phase," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 491-494 (2008)

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