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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Sachiko Tsuruta.en
dc.contributor.authorGelbord, Todd Richard.en
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-25T18:42:55Z
dc.date.available2013-06-25T18:42:55Z
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/1316
dc.description.abstractThe classical field theory approach to the angular momentum of light, specifically how it represents the spin angular momentum of light, has been a matter of controversy for some time. This thesis analyses the aforementioned approach from the point of view of the Exterior Calculus and de Rham Cohomology. It is found purely mathematically that the spin angular momentum of a circularly polarized plane wave of light must be identically zero. It is concluded that the classical formulation of the angular momentum of a plane wave of light is, on some level, incomplete.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.subject.lcshLight.en
dc.subject.lcshAngular momentum.en
dc.subject.lcshTopology.en
dc.titleOn the geometry and topology of the angular momentum of light
dc.typeThesis
dc.rights.holderCopyright Todd Richard Gelbord 2010en
thesis.catalog.ckey1522135en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Marcy Barge; Charles Kankelborgen
thesis.degree.departmentPhysics.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage50en
mus.identifier.categoryPhysics & Mathematics
mus.relation.departmentPhysics.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US


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