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Large-scale 3D structure and mechanical properties of rotating light beams
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Paper Abstract

Two types of paraxial light beams which show a sort of rotation around the propagation axis are studied. In beams with "intrinsic" rotation (e.g., superpositions of Laguerre-Gaussian modes having the same waist and Gaussian envelope radius) the transverse structure rotates during the free beam propagation because of certain internal reasons. The transverse structure experiences the self-similar transformation, in which every point of the beam cross section moves as if it performs a centrifugal fly-off due to inertia. In case of "extrinsic" rotation, a beam is set in rotation due to action of some rotatory optical system. Such beams can be represented as superpositions of angular harmonics with different frequencies. This "forced" rotation causes the angular momentum of the rotating beam which is proportional but directed oppositely to the angular velocity ofthe rotation. This mechanical feature is associated with the complicated 3D helical structure ofthe forcedly rotating beams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6254, Seventh International Conference on Correlation Optics, 625406 (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.679901
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Aleksandr Bekshaev, I.I. Mechnikov National Univ. (Ukraine)
Aleksandr Karamoch, I.I. Mechnikov National Univ. (Ukraine)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6254:
Seventh International Conference on Correlation Optics
Oleg V. Angelsky, Editor(s)

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