Geometrical spinoptics and the optical Hall effect

C. Duval, Z. Horváth, P. A. Horváthy

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Geometrical optics is extended so as to provide a model for spinning light rays via the coadjoint orbits of the Euclidean group characterized by color and spin. This leads to a theory of "geometrical spinoptics" in refractive media. Symplectic scattering yields generalized Snell-Descartes laws that include the recently discovered optical Hall effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-941
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Geometry and Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2007


  • Coadjoint orbits
  • Geometrical optics
  • Optical Hall effect
  • Spin
  • Symplectic scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Geometry and Topology

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