Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation

M. Padgett, G. Whyte, J. Girkin, A. Wright, L. Allen, P. Ohberg, S.M. Barnett

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Abstract

When light is transmitted along the axis of a rotating glass rod, the polarization of the light is rotated through a small angle [Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A349, 423 (1976)]. Under the same conditions, we predict a rotation of the transmitted image by exactly the same angle. The treatment of the two effects in terms of light's spin and orbital angular momentum suggests that they share a common origin.
LanguageEnglish
Pages2205-2207
Number of pages2
JournalOptics Letters
Volume31
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2006

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Keywords

  • Faraday effect
  • optical devices
  • physical optics
  • electromagnetic optics
  • polarization

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Padgett, M., Whyte, G., Girkin, J., Wright, A., Allen, L., Ohberg, P., & Barnett, S. M. (2006). Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation. Optics Letters, 31(14), 2205-2207. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.002205
Padgett, M. ; Whyte, G. ; Girkin, J. ; Wright, A. ; Allen, L. ; Ohberg, P. ; Barnett, S.M. / Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation. In: Optics Letters. 2006 ; Vol. 31, No. 14. pp. 2205-2207.
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Padgett, M, Whyte, G, Girkin, J, Wright, A, Allen, L, Ohberg, P & Barnett, SM 2006, 'Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation' Optics Letters, vol. 31, no. 14, pp. 2205-2207. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.002205

Polarization and image rotation induced by a rotating dielectric rod: an optical angular momentum interpretation. / Padgett, M.; Whyte, G.; Girkin, J.; Wright, A.; Allen, L.; Ohberg, P.; Barnett, S.M.

In: Optics Letters, Vol. 31, No. 14, 15.07.2006, p. 2205-2207.

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