Angular Momentum of Light

Date

2005

Authors

Stewart, Andrew

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Taylor & Francis Group

Abstract

By means of the Helmholtz theorem on the decomposition of vector fields, the angular momentum of the classical electromagnetic field is decomposed, in a general and manifestly gauge invariant manner, into a spin component and an orbital component. The method is applied to linearly and circularly polarized plane waves in their classical and quantum forms.

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Keywords: Electromagnetic waves; Electron energy levels; Light polarization; Quantum theory; Vectors; Angular momentum; Helmoltz theorem; Polarized plane waves; Light propagation

Citation

Source

Journal of Modern Optics

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1080/09500340512331326832

Restricted until

2037-12-31