Mechanical equivalence of spin and orbital angular momentum of light: an optical spanner

  • Simpson N
  • Dholakia K
  • Allen L
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Abstract

We use a Laguerre--Gaussian laser mode within an optical tweezers arrangement to demonstrate the transfer of the orbital angular momentum of a laser mode to a trapped particle. The particle is optically confined in three dimensions and can be made to rotate; ...

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Authors

  • N Simpson

  • K Dholakia

  • L Allen

  • M Padgett

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