Abstract

By considering the transverse spin angular momentum (SAM) that results from the rotation of the electric-field component of a surface mode as a longitudinal SAM of an elliptically polarized light propagating through a homogeneous medium, an alternate route to deriving the formula of the Abraham SAM carried by the surface mode can be achieved. The findings prove in an explicit manner that it is the Abraham SAM that is directly related to the rotation of the electric field.

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