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Spin and orbital angular momentum of light and particle beams and their inter-conversion
Author(s): Lorenzo Marrucci
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Paper Abstract

The angular momentum of light can be split into spin and orbital components. Only recently several optical processes involving a conversion of angular momentum from one form to another were conceived and experimentally demonstrated. We will briefly review these processes, and then survey some applications we have demonstrated of these spin-orbit effects in classical and quantum optics. Finally, we will show that analogous spin-orbit effects can be conceived for electron beams, leading to a theoretical proposal for a high-efficiency electron spin filter. If it will prove to be practical, this device could lead to a spin-polarized electron microscopy.

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Date Published: 9 October 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8461, Spintronics V, 846118 (9 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930985
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Lorenzo Marrucci, Univ. di Napoli Federico II and CNR-SPIN Complesso Univ. di Monte S. Angelo (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8461:
Spintronics V
Henri-Jean Drouhin; Jean-Eric Wegrowe; Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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