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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 4182–4187

Orbital angular momentum transfer in helical Mathieu beams

Carlos Lóxpez-Mariscal, Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega, Graham Milne, and Kishan Dholakia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 9, pp. 4182-4187 (2006)

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We observe the transfer of orbital angular momentum to trapped particles in the azimuthally asymmetric transverse intensity distribution of a helical Mathieu beam. The average rotation rate, instantaneous angular displacement and terminal velocity of the trapped particles are measured experimentally. The angular dependence of these parameters is found to be in good agreement with the variation of the optical gradient force, the transfer of OAM from the wavefield and the Stokes drag force.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.4990) Other areas of optics : Particles

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Original Manuscript: March 15, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 17, 2006
Published: May 1, 2006

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Carlos López-Mariscal, Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega, Graham Milne, and Kishan Dholakia, "Orbital angular momentum transfer in helical Mathieu beams," Opt. Express 14, 4182-4187 (2006)

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