Book Reviews

The Angular Momentum of Light

David L. Andrews and Mohamed Babiker, Eds.

Cambridge University Press, 2012; $120.00 (hardcover).

This highly recommended book is suitable for physics graduate students and researchers who require an up-to-date source on light-carrying spin and orbital angular momentum. It provides a modern quantum mechanical explanation of how to measure and use light’s angular momentum and its experimental techniques. The author’s clear writing makes it easy to understand the physics and mathematics. Each chapter contains an introduction, theoretical physical and mathematical foundations, experimental techniques, and modern applications. The book is well-illustrated and includes pertinent references and an index. While light’s energy and linear momentum date back to Maxwell, angular momentum will find numerous modern applications in the fields of optical trapping of particles with Bessel beams and quantum computing.
 

Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE.


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