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  • Editor: Micha
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 23 — Nov. 14, 2005
  • pp: 9280–9291

Ab initio study of the radiation pressure on dielectric and magnetic media

Brandon A. Kemp, Tomasz M. Grzegorczyk, and Jin Au Kong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 23, pp. 9280-9291 (2005)

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The Maxwell stress tensor and the distributed Lorentz force are applied to calculate forces on lossless media and are shown to be in excellent agreement. From the Maxwell stress tensor, we derive analytical formulae for the forces on both a half-space and a slab under plane wave incidence. It is shown that a normally incident plane wave pushes the slab in the wave propagation direction, while it pulls the half-space toward the incoming wave. Zero tangential force is derived at a boundary between two lossless media, regardless of incident angle. The distributed Lorentz force is applied to the slab in a direct way, while the half-space is dealt with by introducing a finite conductivity. In this regard, we show that the ohmic losses have to be properly accounted for, otherwise differing results are obtained. This contribution, together with a generalization of the formulation to magnetic materials, establishes the method on solid theoretical grounds. Agreement between the two methods is also demonstrated for the case of a 2-D circular dielectric particle.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: July 29, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 12, 2005
Published: November 14, 2005

Brandon Kemp, Tomasz Grzegorczyk, and Jin Kong, "Ab initio study of the radiation pressure on dielectric and magnetic media," Opt. Express 13, 9280-9291 (2005)

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