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Paraxial beams of spinning light
Author(s): Michael V. Berry
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Paper Abstract

A simple derivation is given for the known result that the component of total angular momentum along the propagation direction of a general paraxial beam can be separated into orbital and spin parts. Comments are made about orbital angular momentum and wave dislocations, and about how the orbital and spin angular momentum can be changed by propagation in a refracting medium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3487, International Conference on Singular Optics, (3 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317704
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Michael V. Berry, H. H. Wills Physics Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3487:
International Conference on Singular Optics
Marat S. Soskin, Editor(s)

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