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J Phys Condens Matter. 2010 Dec 22;22(50):505802. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/22/50/505802. Epub 2010 Nov 30.

Electronic transitions in quantum dots and rings induced by inhomogeneous off-centered light beams.

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Departamento de FĂ­sica and IFIBA, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.


We theoretically investigate the effect of inhomogeneous light beams with (twisted light) and without (plane-wave light) orbital angular momentum on semiconductor-based nanostructures, when the symmetry axes of the beam and the nanostructure are displaced parallel to each other. Exact analytical results are obtained by expanding the off-centered light field in terms of the appropriate light modes centered around the nanostructure. We demonstrate how electronic transitions involving the transfer of different amounts of orbital angular momentum are switched on and off as a function of the separation between the axes of the beam and the system. In particular, we show that even off-centered plane-wave beams induce transitions such that the angular momenta of the initial and final states are different.

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