The force exerted by a high-frequency electric field on a macroscopic body is calculated. Starting from total momentum conservation, a rigorous definition of radiation force density is given, and the relationship between a time-averaged Maxwellian stress tensor and radiation pressure is clarified. Formulas are presented for calculating the volume force density of the radiation-force term. It is further shown that all resonant wave-wave interactions of nonlinear optics, such as stimulated Brillouin and Raman scattering, are driven by radiation pressure. The limits of validity of the radiation-pressure concept are discussed.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
P. Mulser, "Radiation pressure on macroscopic bodies," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 1814-1829 (1985)