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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 18 — Sep. 4, 2006
  • pp: 8425–8433

Conservation of angular momentum of light in single scattering

Chaim Schwartz and Aristide Dogariu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp. 8425-8433 (2006)

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In this paper we discuss the conservation of angular momentum of light in single scattering of circularly polarized light from a spherical, non-absorbing particle. We show that the angular momentum carried by the incident wave is distributed in the scattered waves between terms related to polarization or spin and to orbital angular momentum, respectively. We also show that, in all scattering directions, a constant ratio exists between the flux density of the total angular momentum and the intensity.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

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Original Manuscript: June 7, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2006
Published: September 1, 2006

Aristide Dogariu and Chaim Schwartz, "Conservation of angular momentum of light in single scattering," Opt. Express 14, 8425-8433 (2006)

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