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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 20 — Oct. 2, 2006
  • pp: 9093–9102

How a Dove prism transforms the orbital angular momentum of a light beam

N. González, G. Molina-Terriza, and J. P. Torres  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 20, pp. 9093-9102 (2006)

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It is generally assumed that a light beam with orbital angular momentum (OAM) per photon of lh̄, is transformed, when traversing a Dove prism, into a light beam with OAM per photon of -lh̄. In this paper, we show theoretically and experimentally that this OAM transformation rule does not apply for highly focused light beams. This result should be taken into account when designing classical and quantum algorithms that make use of Dove prims to manipulate the OAM of light.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms

Original Manuscript: July 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2006
Published: October 2, 2006

N. González, G. Molina-Terriza, and J. P. Torres, "How a Dove prism transforms the orbital angular momentum of a light beam," Opt. Express 14, 9093-9102 (2006)

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