Seminar über Quanten-, Atom- und Neutronenphysik (QUANTUM)

June 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. c.t. in Lorentz-Raum (05-127), Staudingerweg 7

Prof. Dr. Peter van Loock
Institut für Physik

Dr. Lars von der Wense
Institut für Physik

The Optical Vortex: a curious object with promising uses in Nanotechnology
Prof. Dr. Guillermo F. Quinteiro (Departamento de Fsica, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina)

The early '90 witnessed a breakthrough in optics with the development of techniques to generate coherent beams of highly inhomogeneous light, known as optical vortices or twisted light, that exhibits unique features: a phase singularities, orbital angular momentum, topological features, etc. The interest in optical vortices quickly grew and extended beyond optics into diverse areas of physics and even other sciences.

After a brief introduction, I will show that optical vortices are indeed strange light fields, challenging our intuition based on plane waves and Gaussian beams. But their odd features are more than a curiosity, they bring about new processes in their interaction with matter. In particular, I will discuss some predicted new effects on semiconductors and possible applications to nanotechnology.