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Measuring orbital angular momentum of light with a torsion pendulum
Author(s): Marco W. Beijersbergen; J. P. Woerdman
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Paper Abstract

We report experiments aimed at measuring the orbital angular momentum of light by means of a torsion pendulum, in the spirit of the classical spin angular momentum experiment by Beth (1936) but using present-day technology. Although our set-up has adequate sensitivity and resolution to measure orbital angular momentum of light, the systematic errors that are caused by the inherent asymmetry in the conversion of orbital angular moment remain a problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2005
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5736, Nanomanipulation with Light, (14 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.584515
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Marco W. Beijersbergen, cosine Research BV (Netherlands)
J. P. Woerdman, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5736:
Nanomanipulation with Light
David L. Andrews, Editor(s)

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