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Twisted Photons: Applications of Light with Orbital Angular Momentum, First Edition

ISBN/ASIN: 9783527409075,9783527635368 | 2011 | English | pdf | 280/280 pages | 12.4 Mb

This book deals with applications in several areas of science and technology that make use of light which carries orbital angular momentum. In most practical scenarios, the angular momentum can be decomposed into two independent contributions: the spin angular momentum and the orbital angular momentum. The orbital contribution affords a fundamentally new degree of freedom, with fascinating and wide-spread applications. Unlike spin angular momentum, which is associated with the polarization of light, the orbital angular momentum arises as a consequence of the spatial distribution of the intensity and phase of an optical field, even down to the single photon limit. Researchers have begun to appreciate its implications for our understanding of the ways in which light and matter can interact, and its practical potential in different areas of science and technology.Content:
Chapter 1 The Orbital Angular Momentum of Light: An Introduction (pages 1–12): Les Allen and Miles Padgett
Chapter 2 Vortex Flow of Light: “Spin” and “Orbital” Flows in a Circularly Polarized Paraxial Beam (pages 13–24): Aleksandr Bekshaev and Mikhail Vasnetsov
Chapter 3 Helically Phased Beams, and Analogies with Polarization (pages 25–35): Miles Padgett
Chapter 4 Trapping and Rotation of Particles in Light Fields with Embedded Optical Vortices (pages 37–65): Michael Mazilu and Kishan Dholakia
Chapter 5 Optical Torques in Liquid Crystals (pages 67–92): Enrico Santamato and Bruno Piccirillo
Chapter 6 Driving Optical Micromachines with Orbital Angular Momentum (pages 93–115): Vincent L. Y. Loke, Theodor Asavei, Simon Parkin, Norman R. Heckenberg, Halina Rubinsztein?Dunlop and Timo A. Nieminen
Chapter 7 Rotational Optical Micromanipulation with Specific Shapes Built by Photopolymerization (pages 117–141): Peter Galaja, Lorand Kelemen, Laszlo Oroszi and Pal Ormos
Chapter 8 Spiral Phase Contrast Microscopy (pages 143–154): Christian Maurer, Stefan Bernet and Monika Ritsch?Marte
Chapter 9 Applications of Electromagnetic OAM in Astrophysics and Space Physics Studies (pages 155–178): Bo Thide, Nicholas M. Elias, Fabrizio Tamburini, Siavoush M. Mohammadi and Jose T. Mendonca
Chapter 10 Optical Vortex Cat States and their Utility for Creating Macroscopic Superpositions of Persistent Flows (pages 179–198): Ewan M. Wright
Chapter 11 Experimental Control of the Orbital Angular Momentum of Single and Entangled Photons (pages 199–212): Gabriel Molina?Terriza and Anton Zeilinger
Chapter 12 Rotating Atoms with Light (pages 213–235): Kristian Helmerson and William D. Phillips

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