Conversion of twisted light to twisted excitons using carbon nanotubes

Xiaoning Zang, Nirpendra Singh, Mark T. Lusk, Udo Schwingenschlögl

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Carbon nanotubes are explored as a means of coherently converting the orbital angular momentum of light to an excitonic form that is more amenable to quantum information processing. An analytical analysis, based on dynamical conductivity, is used to show that orbital angular momentum is conserved, modulo $\textit{N}$, for a carbon nanotube illuminated by radially polarized, twisted light. This result is numerically demonstrated using real-time time-dependent density functional theory which captures the absorption of twisted light and the subsequent transfer of twisted excitons. The results suggest that carbon nanotubes are promising candidates for constructing optoelectronic circuits in which quantum information is more readily processed while manifested in excitonic form.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Journalnpj Computational Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 17 2022


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