The King’s College London Physics Department is home to the Maxwell Society. The Society holds various lectures, seminars and activities that aim to encourage students to interact and experience areas of Physics beyond the scope of their degree.
The Maxwell Society hosts a weekly lecture series at the Strand Campus. On 25th January 2016, Reactive Plasmonics Affiliated Investigator Dr Francisco J. Rodríguez-Fortuño gave a very interesting lecture on ‘Spin-orbit interactions of photons: taking light for a spin.’
In the lecture he discussed how Maxwell’s equations explain that that the spin of photons (their polarization) can affect their motion, under certain conditions. He explained that although these spin-orbit effects of light are usually small, recent advances in nanotechnology have found ways to enhance them dramatically.