On optical vortex interactions with chiral matter

D L Andrews, L C Davila Romero, M Babiker

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We examine the possibility that optical vortices should offer a controllable specificity in their interactions with chiral matter, associated with orbital angular momentum transfer. By explicit analysis of the grounds for chiroptical behaviour, we establish that the helicity of optical vortices cannot engage through any parametric or non-parametric optical process with the chirality of a molecular system, other than through intrinsic photon spin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2004

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