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Title: Realization of tunable spin-dependent splitting in intrinsic photonic spin Hall effect

We report the realization of tunable spin-dependent splitting in intrinsic photonic spin Hall effect. By breaking the rotational symmetry of a cylindrical vector beam, the intrinsic vortex phases that the two spin components of the vector beam carries, which is similar to the geometric Pancharatnam-Berry phase, are no longer continuous in the azimuthal direction, and leads to observation of spin accumulation at the opposite edge of the beam. Due to the inherent nature of the phase and independency of light-matter interaction, the observed photonic spin Hall effect is intrinsic. Modulating the topological charge of the vector beam, the spin-dependent splitting can be enhanced and the direction of spin accumulation is switchable. Our findings may provide a possible route for generation and manipulation of spin-polarized photons, and enables spin-based photonics applications.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [1] ; ; ; ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. SZU-NUS Collaborative Innovation Center for Optoelectronic Science and Technology, and Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems of Ministry of Education and Guangdong Province, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China)
  2. (China)
  3. Laboratory for spin photonics, College of Physics and Microelectronic Science, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22350877
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 15; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; BEAMS; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; HALL EFFECT; INTERACTIONS; PHOTONS; SPIN; SPIN ORIENTATION; SYMMETRY; TOPOLOGY; VISIBLE RADIATION; VORTICES