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Orbital angular momentum of light in optics instruction
Author(s): Enrique J. Galvez; Nikolay Zhelev

Paper Abstract

We present an introduction to the orbital angular momentum of light for use in optics instruction. This type of angular momentum is a new fundamental concept discovered fifteen years ago. It arises in optical beams with helical wave-fronts. We introduce it as part of a fundamental discussion of the momentum of light. We also present inexpensive demonstrations of transfer of linear and angular momentum of light using optical tweezers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9665, Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96650A (3 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.2207473
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Enrique J. Galvez, Colgate Univ. (United States)
Nikolay Zhelev, Colgate Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9665:
Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Marc Nantel, Editor(s)

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