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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 902–902

Observation of microsphere movement driven by optical pulse: comment

Tomaž Požar and Janez Možina  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 902-902 (2012)

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We show that fiber-delivered, pulsed laser propulsion of glass microspheres, as observed in a recent Letter [Opt. Lett. 36, 1996 (2011).], due to only radiation pressure cannot explain the measured maximum velocity of microspheres. Our considerations, based on the reported results, indicate that the main momentum transfer mechanism is due to mass recoil that very likely follows a dielectric breakdown near or on the surface of the microsphere.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

ToC Category:
Optical Tweezers or Optical Manipulation

Original Manuscript: July 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2011
Published: February 24, 2012

Tomaž Požar and Janez Možina, "Observation of microsphere movement driven by optical pulse: comment," Opt. Lett. 37, 902-902 (2012)

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