Thursday, August 25, 2016

Transfer of orbital angular momentum from asymmetric Laguerre-Gaussian beams to dielectric microparticles

A. A. Kovalev, V. V. Kotlyar, A. P. Porfirev

Transfer of the orbital angular momentum to dielectric microparticles optically trapped using recently discovered asymmetric Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) laser beams is demonstrated. We experimentally show that at a fixed topological charge, increasing beam asymmetry parameter leads to increasing velocity of the polystyrene beads moving along a crescent-shaped path.

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