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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 3200–3202

Spin Hall effect of light in metallic reflection

N. Hermosa, A. M. Nugrowati, Andrea Aiello, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 16, pp. 3200-3202 (2011)

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We report the first measurement of the spin Hall effect of light (SHEL) on an air–metal interface. The SHEL is a polarization-dependent out-of-plane shift on the reflected beam. For the case of metallic reflection with a linearly polarized incident light, both the spatial and angular variants of the shift are observed and are maximum for 45 ° / 45 ° polarization, but zero for pure s and p polarization. For an incoming beam with circular polarization states however, only the spatial out-of-plane shift is present.

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OCIS Codes
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(240.3695) Optics at surfaces : Linear and nonlinear light scattering from surfaces

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2011
Published: August 12, 2011

N. Hermosa, A. M. Nugrowati, Andrea Aiello, and J. P. Woerdman, "Spin Hall effect of light in metallic reflection," Opt. Lett. 36, 3200-3202 (2011)

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