Twisted Photons: Applications of Light with Orbital Angular Momentum, First Edition

Twisted Photons: Applications of Light with Orbital Angular Momentum, First Edition

Editor(s): Juan P. Torres, Lluis Torner

Published Online: 19 MAR 2011 04:13PM EST

Print ISBN: 9783527409075

Online ISBN: 9783527635368

DOI: 10.1002/9783527635368

About this Book

This book deals with applications in several areas of science and technology that make use of light which carries orbital angular momentum. In most practical scenarios, the angular momentum can be decomposed into two independent contributions: the spin angular momentum and the orbital angular momentum. The orbital contribution affords a fundamentally new degree of freedom, with fascinating and wide-spread applications. Unlike spin angular momentum, which is associated with the polarization of light, the orbital angular momentum arises as a consequence of the spatial distribution of the intensity and phase of an optical field, even down to the single photon limit. Researchers have begun to appreciate its implications for our understanding of the ways in which light and matter can interact, and its practical potential in different areas of science and technology.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 6

      Driving Optical Micromachines with Orbital Angular Momentum (pages 93–115)

      Vincent L. Y. Loke, Theodor Asavei, Simon Parkin, Norman R. Heckenberg, Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Timo A. Nieminen

    3. Chapter 8

      Spiral Phase Contrast Microscopy (pages 143–154)

      Christian Maurer, Stefan Bernet and Monika Ritsch-Marte

    4. Chapter 9

      Applications of Electromagnetic OAM in Astrophysics and Space Physics Studies (pages 155–178)

      Bo Thidé, Nicholas M. Elias, Fabrizio Tamburini, Siavoush M. Mohammadi and José T. Mendonça

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