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Rotating photons
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Paper Abstract

We propose a quantum theory of rotating light beams and study some of its properties. Such beams are polychromatic and have either a slowly rotating polarization or a slowly rotating transverse mode pattern. We show there are, for both cases, three different natural types of modes that qualify as rotating, one of which is a new type not previously considered. We discuss differences between these three types of rotating modes on the one hand and non-rotating modes as viewed from a rotating frame of reference on the other, thus resolving some paradoxes mentioned recently.

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Date Published: 25 January 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6905, Complex Light and Optical Forces II, 69050E (25 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.765476
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S. J. van Enk, Univ. of Oregon (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
G. Nienhuis, Univ. Leiden (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6905:
Complex Light and Optical Forces II
David L. Andrews; Enrique J. Galvez; Gerard Nienhuis, Editor(s)

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