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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 15214–15227

Angular momentum of multimode and polarization patterns

Roberta Zambrini and Stephen M. Barnett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 15214-15227 (2007)

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We study the mechanical properties of a broad class of multimode and polarization light patterns, resulting from the interference and superposition of waves in helical modes. General local and global properties of energy and angular momentum (AM) are identified, in order to define the conditions to optimize the AM with increasing beam complexity. We show the possibility to engineer independently the local densities of optical AM and energy, opening the possibility of an experimental demonstration of their respective effects in light-matter interaction. Multimode Laguerre-Gaussian beams also allows us to tailor the local spin AM through the Gouy phase.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 12, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 9, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 9, 2007
Published: November 2, 2007

Roberta Zambrini and Stephen M. Barnett, "Angular momentum of multimode and polarization patterns," Opt. Express 15, 15214-15227 (2007)

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