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Rotating photons

van Enk, S. J. and Nienhuis, G. (2008) Rotating photons. In: Complex Light and Optical Forces II. Proceedings of SPIE. No.6905. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 69050E. ISBN 9780819470836.

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We propose a quantum theory of rotating light beams and study some of its properties. Such beams are polychromatic and have either a slowly rotating polarization or a slowly rotating transverse mode pattern. We show there are, for both cases, three different natural types of modes that qualify as rotating, one of which is a new type not previously considered. We discuss differences between these three types of rotating modes on the one hand and non-rotating modes as viewed from a rotating frame of reference on the other, thus resolving some paradoxes mentioned recently.

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Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Group:Institute for Quantum Information and Matter
Subject Keywords:Angular momentum, photons, rotation
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:6905
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20181109-123252947
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Official Citation:S. J. van Enk, G. Nienhuis, } "Rotating photons", Proc. SPIE 6905, Complex Light and Optical Forces II, 69050E (25 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.765476;
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ID Code:90797
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:13 Nov 2018 18:53
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