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Photons and Angular Momentum

  1. Dec 18, 2014 #1
    Do photons obey the conservation law of angular momentum?
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  3. Dec 18, 2014 #2


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    There is no conservation law for single particles.
    Processes with photons (and, in fact, all processes without external forces) conserve angular momentum.
  4. Dec 18, 2014 #3
    Thank you for the straight forward answer. What would constitute a process of photons?
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    Every physical system where photons are involved.

    Edit: Fixed weird typo
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  6. Dec 18, 2014 #5
    refraction for example, wave interference also.
  7. Dec 18, 2014 #6

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    Photons are circularly polarized ('helicity') to conserve angular momentum (Δl = ±1)
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