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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 18 — Sep. 4, 2006
  • pp: 8393–8402

Huge transverse deformation in nonspecular reflection of a light beam possessing orbital angular momentum near critical incidence

Hiroshi Okuda and Hiroyuki Sasada  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp. 8393-8402 (2006)

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We derive a general expression for the field distribution of Hermite- and Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beams reflected at a dielectric interface. The intensity distributions of the reflected LG light beam at the beam waist are also observed experimentally in the vicinity of the critical incidence. They are greatly deformed because of the nonspecular transverse effect induced by the orbital angular momentum of the LG beam. The observed and calculated intensity distributions agree well and indicate that a large fraction of the electromagnetic energy flows as much as the transverse beam size.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 4, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2006
Published: September 1, 2006

Hiroshi Okuda and Hiroyuki Sasada, "Huge transverse deformation in nonspecular reflection of a light beam possessing orbital angular momentum near critical incidence," Opt. Express 14, 8393-8402 (2006)

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