Topological spin-orbit interaction of light in anisotropic inhomogeneous subwavelength structures

Avi Niv, Yuri Gorodetski, Vladimir Kleiner, Erez Hasman

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Spin-orbit interaction resulting from spatial polarization state manipulation is demonstrated. Polarizationstate manipulation is achieved by utilizing the effective birefringent nature of subwavelength structures acting as an anisotropic inhomogeneous medium. Experimental verification is obtained by measuring the effect of the unavoidable spin-dependent Pancharatnam-Berry phase modulation on the far-field diffraction pattern of the beam. Unlike the usual dynamic spin-orbit interaction that splits spin states in the temporal frequency (energy) domain, this topological spin-orbit interaction results in the splitting of spin states degenerated by their spatial frequencies (momentum).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2910-2912
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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