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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2205–2207

Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation

Miles Padgett, Graeme Whyte, John Girkin, Amanda Wright, Les Allen, Patrik Öhberg, and Stephen M. Barnett  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 14, pp. 2205-2207 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.002205


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Abstract

When light is transmitted along the axis of a rotating glass rod, the polarization of the light is rotated through a small angle [ Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 349, 423 (1976)] . Under the same conditions, we predict a rotation of the transmitted image by exactly the same angle. The treatment of the two effects in terms of light’s spin and orbital angular momentum suggests that they share a common origin.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.2240) Optical devices : Faraday effect
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 2006

Citation
Miles Padgett, Graeme Whyte, John Girkin, Amanda Wright, Les Allen, Patrik Öhberg, and Stephen M. Barnett, "Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation," Opt. Lett. 31, 2205-2207 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-14-2205

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