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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2007
  • pp: 2656–2658

Separation of spin and orbital angular coherence momenta in the second-order coherence theory of vector electromagnetic fields

Wei Wang and Mitsuo Takeda  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 18, pp. 2656-2658 (2007)

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In analogy with the separation of the total optical angular momentum into a spin and an orbital part in electrodynamics, we introduce a new concept of spin and orbital angular coherence momenta into the general coherence theory of vector electromagnetic fields. The properties of the newly introduced spin and orbital angular coherence momenta are investigated through the decomposition of the total coherence angular momentum into the sum of these two components, and their separate conservations have been derived for what is believed to be the first time.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: April 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 7, 2007
Published: September 4, 2007

Wei Wang and Mitsuo Takeda, "Separation of spin and orbital angular coherence momenta in the second-order coherence theory of vector electromagnetic fields," Opt. Lett. 32, 2656-2658 (2007)

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