Towards the development of new generation spin-orbit photonic techniques

Athira B S, Mandira Pal, Sounak Mukherjee, Niladri Modak, Sudipta Saha, Ankit Kumar Singh, Subhasish Dutta Gupta, Dibyendu Nandy, Nirmalya Ghosh

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Spin-orbit interaction deals with the interaction and coupling of spin and orbital angular momentum degrees of freedom of spinning particles, which manifests in diverse fields of physics, ranging from atomic, condensed matter to optical systems. In classical light beams, this has led to a number of non-trivial optical phenomena like spin and orbital Hall effect of light, optical Rashba effect, photonic Aharonov-Bohm effect, rotational Doppler effect, transverse spin, Belinfante's spin-momentum and spin-momentum locking etc. These have been observed in diverse micro- and nano-scale optical systems. These have generated a new area in photonics, namely, spin-orbit photonics that not only deals with fundamental light-matter interaction effects but also opened up the feasibility of a new generation of miniaturized and on-chip integrable multifunctional photonic devices based on the angular momentum and geometrical phase of light. This paper will introduce the emerging field of spin-orbit photonics and will cover the representative spin-orbit photonic effects in a variety of light-matter interactions with examples. In this regard, we also present proof-of-concept demonstrations of two interesting techniques based on the geometrical phase of light, namely, geometrical phase polarimeter and weak value polarimeter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054006
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2022


  • angular momentum of light
  • geometric phase
  • orbit-orbit interaction
  • polarization
  • spin-orbit interaction
  • weak value amplification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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