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Total helicity of electromagnetic fields and matter

Fernandez-Corbaton, Ivan

Abstract:
The electromagnetic helicity of the free electromagnetic field and the static magnetic helicity are shown to be two different embodiments of the same physical quantity, the total helicity. The total helicity is the sum of two terms: A term that measures the difference between the number of left-handed and right-handed photons of the free field, and another term that measures the screwiness of the static magnetization density in matter. Each term is the manifestation of the total helicity in different frequency regimes: $\omega>0$ and $\omega=0$, respectively. This unification establishes the theoretical basis for studying the conversion between the two embodiments of total helicity upon light-matter interaction.

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Originalveröffentlichung
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.103.054406
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Nanotechnologie (INT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 01.02.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2469-9950, 2469-9969
KITopen-ID: 1000129279
Erschienen in Physical review / B
Verlag American Physical Society (APS)
Band 103
Heft 5
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 054406
Schlagwörter Helicity, non-collinear magnetism, light-matter interactions
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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