Relevance of longitudinal fields of paraxial optical vortices

Forbes, Kayn A., Green, Dale and Jones, Garth A. (2021) Relevance of longitudinal fields of paraxial optical vortices. Journal of Optics, 23 (7). ISSN 2040-8978

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Abstract

Longitudinal electromagnetic fields generally become comparable with the usually dominant transverse components in strongly-focussed, non-paraxial beams. For optical vortex modes it is highlighted here how their angular momentum properties produce longitudinal fields that in general must be accounted for, even within the paraxial regime. First-order longitudinal components of quantized Laguerre-Gaussian modes are derived and numerically studied with respect to the paraxial parameter, highlighting light-matter and spin-orbit interactions that stem from longitudinal fields of weakly-focussed, paraxial beams in free space. New restrictions are cast on the validity of the paraxial approximation for optical vortices interacting with atoms, molecules and other nanostructures.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 00:08
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 00:11
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80062
DOI: 10.1088/2040-8986/abff96

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