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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25388–25396

Localization of angular momentum in optical waves propagating through turbulence

Darryl J. Sanchez and Denis W. Oesch  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25388-25396 (2011)

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This is the first in a series of papers demonstrating that photons with orbital angular momentum can be created in optical waves propagating through distributed turbulence. The scope of this first paper is much narrower. Here, we demonstrate that atmospheric turbulence can impart non-trivial angular momentum to beams and that this non-trivial angular momentum is highly localized. Furthermore, creation of this angular momentum is a normal part of propagation through atmospheric turbulence.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(010.1285) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric correction

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Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Darryl J. Sanchez and Denis W. Oesch, "Localization of angular momentum in optical waves propagating through turbulence," Opt. Express 19, 25388-25396 (2011)

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