Optical angular momentum: Multipole transitions and photonics

Andrews, David L. (2010) Optical angular momentum: Multipole transitions and photonics. Physical Review A, 81 (3). 033825.

[img]
Preview
PDF (PhysRevA_2010) - Published Version
Download (151kB) | Preview

Abstract

The premise that multipolar decay should produce photons uniquely imprinted with a measurably corresponding angular momentum is shown in general to be untrue. To assume a one-to-one correlation between the transition multipoles involved in source decay and detector excitation is to impose a generally unsupportable one-to-one correlation between the multipolar form of emission transition and a multipolar character for the detected field. It is specifically proven impossible to determine without ambiguity, by use of any conventional detector, and for any photon emitted through the nondipolar decay of an atomic excited state, a unique multipolar character for the transition associated with its generation. Consistent with the angular quantum uncertainty principle, removal of a detector from the immediate vicinity of the source produces a decreasing angular uncertainty in photon propagation direction, reflected in an increasing range of integer values for the measured angular momentum. In such a context it follows that when the decay of an electronic excited state occurs by an electric quadrupolar transition, for example, any assumption that the radiation so produced is conveyed in the form of “quadrupole photons” is experimentally unverifiable. The results of the general proof based on irreducible tensor analysis invite experimental verification, and they signify certain limitations on quantum optical data transmission.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 09:27
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 23:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10743
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.81.033825

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item