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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2011
  • pp: 54–60

Angle-suppressed scattering and optical forces on submicrometer dielectric particles

M. Nieto-Vesperinas, R. Gomez-Medina, and J. J. Saenz  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 54-60 (2011)

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We show that submicrometer silicon spheres, whose polarizabilities are completely given by their two first Mie coefficients, are an excellent laboratory to test effects of both angle-suppressed and resonant differential scattering cross sections. Specifically, outstanding scattering angular distributions, with zero forward- or backward-scattered intensity, (i.e., the so-called Kerker conditions), previously discussed for hypothetical magnetodielectric particles, are now observed for those Si objects in the near infrared. Interesting new consequences for the corresponding optical forces are derived from the interplay, both in and out of resonance, between the electric- and magnetic-induced dipoles.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh
(350.3618) Other areas of optics : Left-handed materials
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

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Original Manuscript: September 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 29, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 2010
Published: December 24, 2010

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M. Nieto-Vesperinas, R. Gomez-Medina, and J. J. Saenz, "Angle-suppressed scattering and optical forces on submicrometer dielectric particles," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 54-60 (2011)

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