Abstract

We investigate the effect of a rotating medium on orbital angular momentum (OAM)-carrying beams by combining a weak probe beam shifted in frequency relative to a strong pump beam. We show how the rotational Doppler effect modifies the light-matter interaction through the external rotation of the medium. This interaction leads to an absorption that increases with the mechanical rotation velocity of the medium and with a rate that depends on the OAM of the light beam.

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