We demonstrate that, for an entire class of optical beams, nonconservative forces can point in a direction opposite to propagation wavevector. The properties of these forces are examined in the Rayleigh and geometrical optics limits.
© 2011 OSA
S. Sukhov and A. Dogariu, "Optical “tractor beams” with nonconservative forces," in CLEO:2011 - Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper QWI2.
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