Chirality and the angular momentum of light

Robert P. Cameron, Jörg B. Goette, Stephen M. Barnett, Alison M. Yao

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Chirality is exhibited by objects that cannot be rotated into their mirror images. It is far from obvious that this has anything to do with the angular momentum of light, which owes its existence to rotational symmetries. There is nevertheless a subtle connection between chirality and the angular momentum of light. We demonstrate this connection and, in particular, its significance in the context of chiral light-matter interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20150433
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2087
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2017


  • chirality
  • optical angular momentum
  • molecules
  • physical chemistry


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