Picture of virus under microscope

Research under the microscope...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs.

Strathprints serves world leading Open Access research by the University of Strathclyde, including research by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS), where research centres such as the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit, SeaBioTech and the Centre for Biophotonics are based.

Explore SIPBS research

Momentum paradox in a vortex core

Zambrini, R and Thomson, L C and Barnett, S M and Padgett, M (2005) Momentum paradox in a vortex core. Journal of Modern Optics, 52 (8). pp. 1135-1144. ISSN 0950-0340

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

The identification of angular momentum l (h) over bar per photon with optical vortices of charge l appears to require that the field amplitude be zero within a finite distance of the vortex. This, however, is not compatible with the known form of beams such as the Laguerre - Gaussian and Bessel beams. We resolve this paradox by analysing the propagation of a Bessel beam through a small circular aperture, showing that the resulting field has evanescent components.