Raman optical activity using twisted photons

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Raman optical activity underpins a powerful vibrational spectroscopic technique for obtaining detailed structural information about chiral molecular species. The effect centers on the discriminatory interplay between the handedness of material chirality with that of circularly polarized light. Twisted light possessing an optical orbital angular momentum carries helical phase fronts that screw either clockwise or anticlockwise and, thus, possess a handedness that is completely distinct from the polarization. Here a novel form of Raman optical activity that is sensitive to the handedness of the incident twisted photons through a spin-orbit interaction of light is identified, representing a new chiroptical spectroscopic technique.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103201
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2019

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