Abstract

Photons carrying a well-defined orbital angular momentum have been proven to modify spectroscopic selection rules in atomic matter. Excitation profiles of electric quadrupole transitions have been measured with single trapped Ca40+ ions for varying polarizations. We further develop the photo-absorption formalism to study the case of arbitrary alignment of the beam’s optical axis with respect to the ion’s quantization axis and mixed multipolarity. Thus, predictions for M1-dominated Ar4013+, E3-driven Yb171+ and Yb172+, and B-like Ne205+ are presented. The latter case displays novel effects, coming from the presence of a strong photon–magnetic dipole coupling.

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