Coriolis effect in optics: Unified geometric phase and spin-hall effect

Konstantin Y. Bliokh, Yuri Gorodetski, Vladimir Kleiner, Erez Hasman

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We examine the spin-orbit coupling effects that appear when a wave carrying intrinsic angular momentum interacts with a medium. The Berry phase is shown to be a manifestation of the Coriolis effect in a noninertial reference frame attached to the wave. In the most general case, when both the direction of propagation and the state of the wave are varied, the phase is given by a simple expression that unifies the spin redirection Berry phase and the Pancharatnam-Berry phase. The theory is supported by the experiment demonstrating the spin-orbit coupling of electromagnetic waves via a surface plasmon nanostructure. The measurements verify the unified geometric phase, demonstrated by the observed polarization-dependent shift (spin-Hall effect) of the waves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number030404
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 16 Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes


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