Title

Conservation of angular momentum of light in single scattering

Authors

Authors

C. Schwartz;A. Dogariu

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Express

Keywords

WAVE; Optics

Abstract

In this paper we discuss the conservation of angular momentum of light in single scattering of circularly polarized light from a spherical, non-absorbing particle. We show that the angular momentum carried by the incident wave is distributed in the scattered waves between terms related to polarization or spin and to orbital angular momentum, respectively. We also show that, in all scattering directions, a constant ratio exists between the flux density of the total angular momentum and the intensity. (c) 2006 Optical Society of America

Journal Title

Optics Express

Volume

14

Issue/Number

18

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

8425

Last Page

8433

WOS Identifier

WOS:000240460100050

ISSN

1094-4087

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