The interaction of Laguerre-Gaussian light at selected wavelengths from 690 to 810 nm with a p-type gallium arsenide (GaAs) photocathode photonic device and the production of photogenerated electrons were investigated. Spin angular momentum (SAM) and orbital angular momentum (OAM) were generated using linear or circular polarization and q-plates. The degree of polarization P from the photogenerated electron signal was measured. At an excitation of 695 nm (E = 1.78 eV), POAM = 2.1%, PSAM = 1.3%, and PSAM,OAM(q=1)=3.4%, whereas, at 800 nm (E = 1.55 eV), near the bandgap, POAM = −14.7%, PSAM = −2.6%, and PSAM,OAM(q=1)=4.0%.

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