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The mechanical action of the spin part of the internal energy flow
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Paper Abstract

It is known that internal energy flow in a light beam can be divided into the orbital flow, associated with the macroscopic energy redistribution within the beam, and the spin flow originating from instantaneous rotation of the field vectors inherent in circular or elliptic polarization. In contrast to the orbital one, experimental observation of the spin flow constituent seemed problematic because (i) it does not manifest itself in the visible transformation of the beam profile and (ii) it converts into the orbital flow upon tight focusing of the beam, usually employed for the energy flow detection by the mechanical action on probe particles. We propose a two-beam interference technique that permits to obtain appreciable level of the spin flow in moderately focused beams and to detect the orbital motion of probe particles within a field where the transverse energy circulation is associated exclusively with the spin flow. This result can be treated as the first demonstration of mechanical action of the spin flow of a light field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8411, Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies VI, 841102 (1 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.965532
Show Author Affiliations
O. V. Angelsky, Chernivtsi National Univ. (Ukraine)
A. Ya. Bekshaev, Odessa National Univ. (Ukraine)
P. P. Maksimyak, Chernivtsi National Univ. (Ukraine)
C. Yu. Zenkova, Chernivtsi National Univ. (Ukraine)
A. P. Maksimyak, Chernivtsi National Univ. (Ukraine)
N. V. Gorodynska, Chernivtsi National Univ. (Ukraine)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8411:
Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies VI
Paul Schiopu; Razvan Tamas, Editor(s)

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