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The dynamics of spinning light

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The effect of spin on the trajectories of polarized light beams has now been experimentally observed, with results that agree with the predictions of Berry phase theory.

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Figure 1: A schematic diagram showing the trajectories of left- (in blue) and right-handed (in red) circularly polarized light beams along the reflecting surface of a glass cylinder (turquoise).

FRANCO NORI

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Nori, F. The dynamics of spinning light. Nature Photon 2, 717–718 (2008) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.242

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