Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation

Padgett, M. , Whyte, G., Girkin, J., Wright, A., Allen, L., Ohberg, P. and Barnett, S. M. (2006) Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation. Optics Letters, 31, pp. 2205-2207. (doi:10.1364/OL.31.002205)

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Abstract

When light is transmitted along the axis of a rotating glass rod, the polarization of the light is rotated through a small angle [Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 349, 423 (1976)]. Under the same conditions, we predict a rotation of the transmitted image by exactly the same angle. The treatment of the two effects in terms of light’s spin and orbital angular momentum suggests that they share a common origin.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Padgett, Professor Miles and Wright, Dr Amanda and Barnett, Professor Stephen and Allen, Prof Leslie and Whyte, Mr Graeme
Authors: Padgett, M., Whyte, G., Girkin, J., Wright, A., Allen, L., Ohberg, P., and Barnett, S. M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Optics Letters
Publisher:Optical Society of America
ISSN:0146-9592
ISSN (Online):1539-4794

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