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Angular momenta and spin-orbit interaction of nonparaxial light in free space

Bliokh, Konstantin Y; Alonso, Miguel A; Aiello, Andrea; Ostrovskaya, Elena


We give an exact self-consistent operator description of the spin and orbital angular momenta, position, and spin-orbit interactions of nonparaxial light in free space. Both quantum-operator formalism and classical energy-flow approach are presented. We apply the general theory to symmetric and asymmetric Bessel beams exhibiting spin- and orbital-dependent intensity profiles. The exact wave solutions are clearly interpreted in terms of the Berry phases, quantization of caustics, and Hall...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.82.063825


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