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Compton scattering of twisted light: angular distribution and polarization of scattered photons

Research paper by S. Stock, A. Surzhykov, S. Fritzsche, D. Seipt

Indexed on: 02 May '15Published on: 02 May '15Published in: Physics - Atomic Physics



Abstract

Compton scattering of twisted photons is investigated within a non-relativistic framework using first-order perturbation theory. We formulate the problem in the density matrix theory, which enables one to gain new insights into scattering processes of twisted particles by exploiting the symmetries of the system. In particular, we analyze how the angular distribution and polarization of the scattered photons are affected by the parameters of the initial beam such as the opening angle and the projection of orbital angular momentum. We present analytical and numerical results for the angular distribution and the polarization of Compton scattered photons for initially twisted light and compare them with the standard case of plane-wave light.