Optical Angular Momentum

Allen, L., Barnett, S.M. and Padgett, M.J. (2003) Optical Angular Momentum. Series: Optics and Optoelectronics. Institute of Physics Publishing: Bristol, UK. ISBN 9780750309011

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Spin angular momentum of photons, and the associated polarisation of light, has been known of for many years. However, it is only over the last decade or so that physically realisable laboratory light beams have been used to study the orbital angular momentum of light. In many respects orbital and spin angular momentum behave in a similar manner, but they differ significantly in others. In particular, orbital angular momentum offers exciting new possibilities with respect to the optical manipulation of matter, and to the study of the entanglement of photons. 'Optical Angular Momentum' brings together 44 landmark papers, reproduced over eight chapters, offering the first comprehensive overview of the subject as it has developed. In each chapter the editors have written a concise introduction putting the selected papers into context and outlining the key articles associated with this aspect of the subject. The volume chronicles the first decade of this important subject and gives a definitive statement of the current status of all aspects of optical angular momentum.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Padgett, Professor Miles and Allen, Prof Leslie
Authors: Allen, L., Barnett, S.M., and Padgett, M.J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Publisher:Institute of Physics Publishing
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
331501Multi-dimensional quantum entanglement and high density information transferMiles PadgettEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)GR/S03904/01Physics and Astronomy