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Physics of electron vortex beams and wavefunction engineering

An electron vortex refers to a topological defect in the electron wavefunction where the phase is indeterminate and is associated with the orbital angular momentum as a property of such a state of the electrons. Research at York, is being carried out, both experimental and theoretical, on electron vortex beams, their interactions and applications. This is led by Prof. Jun Yuan and Prof. Mohamed Babiker jointly supervising Phd students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

A review article on recent electron vortex beam research can be found in G. Thirunavukkarasu, M. Mousley, M. Babiker and J. Yuan (2017) "Electron vortices: Beams with orbital angular momentum", Rev. Mod. Phys. 89, 035004 Publisher's copy.

Our work so far can be divided into following three areas:

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Research Highlights

Generation of Electron Vortex Beams

Normal modes and mode transformation of pure electron vortex beams

G. Thirunavukkarsu, M. Mousley, M. Babiker and J. Yuan

Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 375, 20150438 (2017) Publisher's copy (open access)

The natural basis for describing electron vortex beams is presented and experimentally verified.

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Properties of Electron Vortex Beams

Electromagnetic Vortex Fields, Spin, and Spin-Orbit Interactions in Electron Vortices

S. M. Lloyd, M. Babiker and J. Yuan

Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 254801 (2012) Publisher's copy

The magnetic field associated with a vortex beam has a steep gradient due to the presence of the vortex on the beam axis.

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Interaction of Electron Vortex Beams with matter

One of the key question here is whether vortex electron beams can transfer net OAM to the electronic system of atomic and molecular matter.

Quantized Orbital Angular Momentum Transfer and Magnetic Dichrotism in the Interaction of Electron Vortices with Matter

Sophia Lloyd, Mohamed Babiker, Jun Yuan

Phys. Rev. Lett. 108,074802 (2012) Publisher's copy

Country to the interaction of optical vortex beams with atoms, OAM transfer between vortex electron beams and the internal electronic excitation in atoms is found to be allowed in electric dipole coupling.

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