publication . Preprint . 2010

Role of transverse-momentum currents in the optical Magnus effect in free space

Luo, Hailu; Wen, Shuangchun; Shu, Weixing; Fan, Dianyuan;
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  • Published: 16 Jan 2010
Abstract
We establish a general vector field model to describe the role of transverse-momentum currents in the optical Magnus effect in free space. As an analogy of the mechanical Magnus effect, the circularly polarized wave packet in our model acts as the rotating ball, and its rotation direction depends on the polarization state. Based on this model, we demonstrate the existence of an optical polarization-dependent Magnus effect which is significantly different from the conventional optical Magnus effect in that light-matter interaction is not required. Further, we reveal the relation between transverse-momentum currents and the optical Magnus effect, and find that suc...
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free text keywords: Physics - Classical Physics, Physics - Optics
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