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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 16760–16771

Poynting vector and orbital angular momentum density of superpositions of Bessel beams

Igor A. Litvin, Angela Dudley, and Andrew Forbes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 16760-16771 (2011)

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We study theoretically the orbital angular momentum (OAM) density in arbitrary scalar optical fields, and outline a simple approach using only a spatial light modulator to measure this density. We demonstrate the theory in the laboratory by creating superpositions of non-diffracting Bessel beams with digital holograms, and find that the OAM distribution in the superposition field matches the predicted values. Knowledge of the OAM distribution has relevance in optical trapping and tweezing, and quantum information processing.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: April 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 26, 2011
Published: August 15, 2011

Igor A. Litvin, Angela Dudley, and Andrew Forbes, "Poynting vector and orbital angular momentum density of superpositions of Bessel beams," Opt. Express 19, 16760-16771 (2011)

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