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Phys Rev Lett. 2002 Sep 30;89(14):143601. Epub 2002 Sep 11.

Orbital angular momentum exchange in the interaction of twisted light with molecules.

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  • 1Department of Physics, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, United Kingdom.

Abstract

In the interaction of molecules with light endowed with orbital angular momentum, an exchange of orbital angular momentum in an electric dipole transition occurs only between the light and the center of mass motion; i.e., internal "electronic-type" motion does not participate in any exchange of orbital angular momentum in a dipole transition. A quadrupole transition is the lowest electric multipolar process in which an exchange of orbital angular momentum can occur between the light, the internal motion, and the center of mass motion. This rules out experiments seeking to observe exchange of orbital angular momentum between light beams and the internal motion in electric dipole transitions.

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12366045
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10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.143601
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