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Matrix formulation for the propagation of light beams with orbital and spin angular momenta

Allen, L., Courtial, J., and Padgett, M.J. (1999) Matrix formulation for the propagation of light beams with orbital and spin angular momenta. Physical Review E, 60 (6). 7497 -7503. ISSN 1063-651X (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.60.7497)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.60.7497

Abstract

Jones matrices describe the polarization, or spin angular momentum, of a light beam as it passes through an optical system. We devise an equivalent of the Jones matrix formulation for light possessing orbital angular momentum. The matrices are then developed to account for light that has both spin and orbital angular momentum.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Allen, Prof Leslie and Courtial, Dr Johannes and Padgett, Professor Miles
Authors: Allen, L., Courtial, J., and Padgett, M.J.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review E
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1063-651X
ISSN (Online):1095-3787

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