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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1985
  • pp: 1814–1829

Radiation pressure on macroscopic bodies

P. Mulser  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 2, Issue 11, pp. 1814-1829 (1985)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.2.001814


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Abstract

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.

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P. Mulser, "Radiation pressure on macroscopic bodies," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 1814-1829 (1985)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-2-11-1814


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