Abstract

Study of photonic spin-orbital interactions, which involves control of the propagation and spatial distributions of light via its polarization, is not only important at the fundamental level but also has significant implications for functional photonic applications that require active tuning of directional light propagation. Many of the experimental demonstrations have been attributed to the spin-momentum locking characteristic of evanescent waves. In this Letter, we show another property of evanescent waves: the polarization-dependent direction of the imaginary part of the Poynting vector, i.e., reactive power. Based on this property, we propose a simple and robust way to tune the directional far-field scattering from nanoparticles near a surface under evanescent wave illumination by controlling its polarization and direction of the incident light.

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