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.
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Original Manuscript: March 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 2006
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)