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Geometrodynamics of polarized light: Berry phase and spin Hall effect in a gradient-index medium

Bliokh, Konstantin


We review the geometrical-optics evolution of an electromagnetic wave propagating along a curved ray trajectory in a gradient-index dielectric medium. A Coriolis-type term appears in Maxwell equations under transition to the rotating coordinate system accompanying the ray. This term describes the spin-orbit coupling of light which consists of (i)the Berry phase responsible for trajectory-dependent polarization variations and (ii)the spin Hall effect representing polarization-dependent...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
DOI: 10.1088/1464-4258/11/9/094009


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