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Photon orbital angular momentum and mass in a plasma vortex
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala Division.
2010 (English)In: Europhysics letters, ISSN 0295-5075, E-ISSN 1286-4854, Vol. 90, no 4, 45001- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We analyse the Anderson-Higgs mechanism of photon mass acquisition in a plasma and study the contribution to the mass from the orbital angular momentum acquired by a beam of photons when it crosses a spatially structured charge distribution. To this end we apply Proca-Maxwell equations in a static plasma with a particular spatial distribution of free charges, notably a plasma vortex, that is able to impose orbital angular momentum (OAM) onto light. In addition to the mass acquisition of the conventional Anderson-Higgs mechanism, we find that the photon acquires an additional mass from the OAM and that this mass reduces the Proca photon mass.

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2010. Vol. 90, no 4, 45001- p.
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147215DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/90/45001ISI: 000279119200015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147215DiVA: diva2:400161
Available from: 2011-02-24 Created: 2011-02-24 Last updated: 2011-02-24Bibliographically approved

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