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Title: Magnetic-field-induced rotation of light with orbital angular momentum

Light carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) has attractive applications in the fields of precise optical measurements and high capacity optical communications. We study the rotation of a light beam propagating in warm {sup 87}Rb atomic vapor using a method based on magnetic-field-induced circular birefringence. The dependence of the rotation angle on the magnetic field makes it appropriate for weak magnetic field measurements. We quote a detailed theoretical description that agrees well with the experimental observations. The experiment shown here provides a method to measure the magnetic field intensity precisely and expands the application of OAM-carrying light. This technique has advantage in measurement of magnetic field weaker than 0.5 G, and the precision we achieved is 0.8 mG.
Authors:
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  1. Key Laboratory of Quantum Information, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)
  2. (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22483111
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 26; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ACCURACY; BEAMS; BIREFRINGENCE; CAPACITY; MAGNETIC FIELDS; ORBITAL ANGULAR MOMENTUM; RUBIDIUM 87; VAPORS