Optical activity in the scattering of structured light

Cameron, R. P. and Barnett, S. (2014) Optical activity in the scattering of structured light. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16(47), pp. 25819-25829. (doi:10.1039/C4CP03505D)

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Abstract

We observe that optical activity in light scattering can be probed using types of illuminating light other than single plane (or quasi plane) waves and that this introduces new possibilities for the study of molecules and atoms. We demonstrate this explicitly for natural Rayleigh optical activity which, we suggest, could be exploited as a new form of spectroscopy for chiral molecules through the use of illuminating light comprised of two plane waves that are counter propagating.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barnett, Professor Stephen and Cameron, Dr Robert
Authors: Cameron, R. P., and Barnett, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:1463-9076
ISSN (Online):1463-9084
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16(47):25819-25829
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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549871Challenges in Orbital Angular MomentumMiles PadgettEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/I012451/1P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY