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Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference
Baltimore, Maryland United States
May 1-6, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55752-910-7
Optomechanical Systems II (QWI)

Optical “tractor beams” with nonconservative forces

Sergey Sukhov and Aristide Dogariu  »View Author Affiliations


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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

OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

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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