A light pulse can be characterized by its polarization, denoting its spin angular momentum. In addition it can carry an orbital angular moment, which modifies the interaction with matter significantly. When a light beam carrying orbital angular momentum hits a plasmonic nanostructure, also modes which are usually dark can be excited. This makes it possible to read out information about the orbital angular momentum of the incident light.
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This work was done together with the group of Ortwin Hess
from Imperial College London, UK.