Optical activity in the scattering of structured light

Robert P Cameron, Steve Barnett

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)


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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25819-25829
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2014


  • optical activity
  • structured light
  • illuminating light
  • natural Rayleigh optical activity


Dive into the research topics of 'Optical activity in the scattering of structured light'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this