Twisted partially coherent bosonic matter wave and its orbital angular momentum

  • Jun ChenEmail author
  • Xiang-yun Chen
  • Qiang Lin
Regular Article


Orbital angular momentum (OAM) is a general characteristic of coherent bosonic matter waves. Partially coherent bosonic matter waves (PCMWs) can also have OAM according to a vortex or twisted structure of the correlation phase of the first-order correlation function. We theoretically prove that a twist phase exists under partial coherence, and this phase contributes to the OAM flux of the PCMW field. We also present an example which illustrates that a twist phase can be produced by illuminating a Gaussian Schell model cold atomic cloud with a sequence of cylindrical lens pulses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Optical and Electronic Technology, China Jiliang UniversityHangzhouP.R. China
  2. 2.Center for Optics and Optoelectronics Research, College of Science, Zhejiang University of TechnologyHangzhouP.R. China

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