Abstract

A phenomenological description of nondegenerate and degenerate three-wave mixing in the bulk of an isotropic chiral medium is given for the wide class of fundamental light beams with nonuniform polarization distribution and multimode transverse structure. Special attention is paid to the classical and quantum interpretation of interconversion between spin and orbital parts of the angular momentum of the input and output beams.

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