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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3136–3140

Radiation pressure on a moving body: beyond the Doppler effect

S. A. R. Horsley, M. Artoni, and G. C. La Rocca  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 11, pp. 3136-3140 (2012)

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The dependence of macroscopic radiation pressure on the velocity of the object being pushed is commonly attributed to the Doppler effect. This need not be the case, and here we highlight velocity-dependent radiation pressure terms that have their origins in the mixing of s and p polarizations brought about by the Lorentz transformation between the lab and the material rest frame, rather than in the corresponding transformation of frequency and wavevector. The theory we develop may be relevant to the nano-optomechanics of moving bodies.

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OCIS Codes
(350.5720) Other areas of optics : Relativity
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(120.4880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optomechanics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: July 31, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 13, 2012
Published: October 24, 2012

S. A. R. Horsley, M. Artoni, and G. C. La Rocca, "Radiation pressure on a moving body: beyond the Doppler effect," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 3136-3140 (2012)

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