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Optical Angular Momentum

1st Edition

By L. Allen, Stephen M. Barnett, Miles J. Padgett

CRC Press

300 pages

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Spin angular momentum of photons and the associated polarization of light has been known for many years. However, it is only over the last decade or so that physically realizable laboratory light beams have been used to study the orbital angular momentum of light. In many respects, orbital and spin angular momentum behave in a similar manner, but they differ significantly in others. In particular, orbital angular momentum offers exciting new possibilities with respect to the optical manipulation of matter and to the study of the entanglement of photons.

Bringing together 44 landmark papers, Optical Angular Momentum offers the first comprehensive overview of the subject as it has developed. It chronicles the first decade of this important subject and gives a definitive statement of the current status of all aspects of optical angular momentum. In each chapter the editors include a concise introduction, putting the selected papers into context and outlining the key articles associated with this aspect of the subject.


"A very useful and comprehensive collection of articles…"

- Michael Berry

"The papers appear to be well chosen and well reproduced. I think that it will be appreciatively received."

-Carlos Stroud

"I am very pleased to receive this book, which will be very useful for everyone working in the growing research field of optical angular momentum. The selection of papers is very good and the production is superb, including the truly wonderful cover!"

- Professor Loudon

"This book serves as a reference for engineers and scientists, bringing together the current status of all aspects of optical angular momentum…I highly recommend this book for people who work in modern optics research, as well as those who are simply interested in the field. The selected landmark papers cover the full spectrum of important topics related to optical angular momentum."

- Optics & Photonics News, May 2005

Table of Contents


Spin and Orbital Angular Momentum

Laboratory Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum

Optical Forces and Torques on Particles

Optical Forces and Torques on Atoms

Rotational Frequency Shifts

Angular Momentum in Nonlinear Optics

Entanglement of Angular Momentum

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Optics