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Spin and angular momentum continuity and refined theory of R. A. Beth's experiment
Author(s): Constantin N. Alexeyev; Yurii A. Fridman; Alexei N. Alexeyev
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Paper Abstract

Macroscopic continuity equation for spin momentum of radiation in vacuum is obtained. On the basis of continuity equations for spin and angular momentum (AM) the refined description of the classical R.A. Beth's experiment (that is with the of reflections on both the faces of the plate) is developed. It is demonstrated that a quarter-wavelength plate transforms a spin flux--0 radiation field into a spin flux--1 one. The effect of nonmonochromaticity of the incident beam is studied. The passage of beams with their own AM and finite lateral extent through a quarter-wave plate is considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3904, Fourth International Conference on Correlation Optics, (18 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.370392
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Constantin N. Alexeyev, Simferopol State Univ. (Ukraine)
Yurii A. Fridman, Simferopol State Univ. (Ukraine)
Alexei N. Alexeyev, Simferopol State Univ. (Ukraine)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3904:
Fourth International Conference on Correlation Optics
Oleg V. Angelsky, Editor(s)

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