Zeeman splitting of photonic angular momentum states in a gyromagnetic cylinder

Jin Wang, Kin Hung Fung, Hui Yuan Dong, Nicholas X. Fang

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We show that, under the presence of a static magnetic field, the photon eigenfrequencies of a circular gyromagnetic cylinder experience a splitting that is proportional to the angular momentum density of light at the cylinder surface. Such a splitting of the photonic states is similar to the Zeeman splitting of electronic states in atoms. This leads to some unusual decoupling properties of these nondegenerate photonic angular momentum states, which are demonstrated through numerical simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number235122
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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