Helical light fields may carry both orbital angular and spin angular momentum which is respectively associated with their helical wavefronts (optical vortices) and rotating transverse electric fields. Interestingly, these helical light fields interact with materials and the orbital angular momentum of these fields can physically twist a range of materials, including metals, semiconductors, polymers, and liquids. With the aid of spin angular momentum, these fields can also form a range of helical structures. This light-matter interaction based on transfer of angular momentum has the potential to revolutionize industrial processes and enable technologies, such as advanced non-contact and nozzle-free printing. In this review paper, we focus on this printing technique, a process which we herein refer to as optical vortex laser induced forward transfer, and we show how it can be used for the production of next generation printed photonics/electronics/spintronics devices. Herein we review the interactions between the angular momentum of light and materials, and we discuss the ways in which optical vortices can be used to produce a variety of exotic structures. We also discuss the current state-of-the art of laser-induced forward-transfer technologies and detail some of the most novel devices, which have been fabricated using this optical vortex laser induced forward transfer, including hexagonal close-packed photonic-rings and plasmonic nanocores.

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