Transient optical angular momentum effects in light-matter interactions

Carter, A. R., Babiker, M., Al-Amri, M. and Andrews, D. L. (2005) Transient optical angular momentum effects in light-matter interactions. Physical Review A (PRA), 72 (4).

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The time evolution of the radiation pressure forces due to the action of laser light on matter in the form of neutral molecules, atoms, and ions is considered when the frequency of the light is comparable to a dipole-allowed transition frequency. We find that the transient regime, applicable from the instant the laser is switched on, is important for the gross motion, provided that the upper-state lifetime ??1 is relatively long, while the steady-state regime, formally such that t???1, is appropriate for the evaluation of the forces and the dynamics for large ?. With a focus on the orbital-angular-momentum-endowed laser light, the light-induced time-dependent forces and torques are determined and their full time dependence utilized to determine trajectories. Marked differences are found in both translational and rotational features in comparison with the results emerging when the steady-state forces are assumed from the outset. Intricate and detailed atom trajectories are plotted for Laguerre-Gaussian light at near resonance for a transition of Eu3+ that has a particularly small ?. The implications of the results for trapping and manipulating atoms and ions using laser light are pointed out and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Physical and Analytical Chemistry (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Light and Energy
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Photonics and Quantum Science
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 14:56
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 13:37
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.72.043407

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