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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 22337–22349

On optical forces in spherical whispering gallery mode resonators

J. T. Rubin and L. Deych  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 22337-22349 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.022337


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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the force exerted by the field of an optical cavity on a polarizable dipole. We show that the modification of the cavity modes due to interaction with the dipole significantly alters the properties of the force. In particular, all components of the force are found to be non-conservative, and cannot, therefore, be derived from a potential energy. We also suggest a simple generalization of the standard formulas for the optical force on the dipole, which reproduces the results of calculations based on the Maxwell stress tensor.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optomechanics

History
Original Manuscript: July 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2011
Published: October 24, 2011

Virtual Issues
Vol. 6, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Collective Phenomena (2011) Optics Express

Citation
J. T. Rubin and L. Deych, "On optical forces in spherical whispering gallery mode resonators," Opt. Express 19, 22337-22349 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-22-22337


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