Spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion in semiconductor microcavities
Lagoudakis, K. G.
Paraïso, T. K.
Liew, Timothy Chi Hin
Shelykh, I. A.
Kavokin, A. V.
Date of Issue2011
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We experimentally demonstrate a technique for the generation of optical beams carrying orbital angular momentum using a planar semiconductor microcavity. Despite being isotropic systems with no structural gyrotropy, semiconductor microcavities, because of the transverse-electric–transverse-magnetic polarization splitting that they feature, allow for the conversion of the circular polarization of an incoming laser beam into the orbital angular momentum of the transmitted light field. The process implies the formation of topological entities, a pair of optical vortices, in the intracavity field.
Orbital angular momentum
Physical Review B
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