21st Sep 2013
SLAC Scientists Create Twisted Light

Scientists at SLAC have found a new method to create coherent beams of twisted light – light that spirals around a central axis as it travels. It has the potential to generate twisted light in shorter pulses, higher intensities and a much wider range of wavelengths, including X-rays, than is currently possible.
First described two decades ago, twisted light is attracting attention from researchers in fields as diverse as telecommunications, quantum computing, condensed matter research and astronomy because of one unique property: It possesses orbital angular momentum (OAM). Twisted light has already been used by astronomers to find exoplanets, and researchers have demonstrated that it can transmit more information through fiber optic cables than the current industry standard.
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SLAC Scientists Create Twisted Light

Scientists at SLAC have found a new method to create coherent beams of twisted light – light that spirals around a central axis as it travels. It has the potential to generate twisted light in shorter pulses, higher intensities and a much wider range of wavelengths, including X-rays, than is currently possible.

First described two decades ago, twisted light is attracting attention from researchers in fields as diverse as telecommunications, quantum computing, condensed matter research and astronomy because of one unique property: It possesses orbital angular momentum (OAM). Twisted light has already been used by astronomers to find exoplanets, and researchers have demonstrated that it can transmit more information through fiber optic cables than the current industry standard.

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