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  • Editor: Anthony J Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2007
  • pp: 838–840

Spin-induced angular momentum switching

Gabriel F. Calvo and Antonio Picón  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 7, pp. 838-840 (2007)

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When light is transmitted through optically inhomogeneous and anisotropic media the spatial distribution of light can be modified according to its input polarization state. A complete analysis of this process, based on the paraxial approximation, is presented, and we show how it can be exploited to produce a spin-controlled change in the orbital angular momentum of light beams propagating in patterned space-variant optical axis phase plates. We also unveil a new effect: the development of a strong modulation in the angular momentum change upon variation of the optical path through the phase plates.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: December 22, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 9, 2007
Published: March 5, 2007

Gabriel F. Calvo and Antonio Picón, "Spin-induced angular momentum switching," Opt. Lett. 32, 838-840 (2007)

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