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Backscattered polarization patterns, optical vortices, and the angular momentum of light.
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PMID:  16625923     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We demonstrate that the polarization patterns observed in backscattering of linearly polarized light are a manifestation of the conservation of angular momentum of light. We will show that this phenomenon can be described in terms of phase vortices that are acquired by the right and left circularly polarized components. The helicity and orbital angular momentum of these components satisfy the requirement for conservation of angular momentum.
Authors:
Chaim Schwartz; Aristide Dogariu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Optics letters     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0146-9592     ISO Abbreviation:  Opt Lett     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-21     Completed Date:  2006-06-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708433     Medline TA:  Opt Lett     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1121-3     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
College of Optics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816, USA.
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