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An Evanescent Light Wave Cannot Possess a Transverse Spin

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It is pointed out that the evanescent light wave occurring at total reflection does not possess a transverse spin angular momentum as Bliokh, Bekshaev, and Nori claimed recently in (2014) Nature Communications, 5,3300. This is not only because of the nonlocality of the photon spin but also because the evanescent wave is such a state whose angular momentum cannot be separated into spin and orbital parts.

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Li, C. and Zhang, Y. (2019) An Evanescent Light Wave Cannot Possess a Transverse Spin. Journal of Modern Physics, 10, 459-465. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2019.104031.


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