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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2013
  • pp: 935–937

Refractive optical wing oscillators with one reflective surface

Alexandra B. Artusio-Glimpse, Timothy J. Peterson, and Grover A. Swartzlander, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 6, pp. 935-937 (2013)

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An optical wing is a cambered rod that experiences a force and torque owing to the reflection and transmission of light from the surface. Here we address how such a wing may be designed to maintain an efficient thrust from radiation pressure (RP) while also providing a torque that returns the wing to a source facing orientation. The torsional stiffness of two different wing cross-sections is determined from numerical ray-tracing analyses. These results demonstrate the potential to construct a passive sun-tracking, space flight system or a microscopic surface measurement device based on RP force and torque.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Geometric Optics

Original Manuscript: January 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2013
Published: March 13, 2013

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Alexandra B. Artusio-Glimpse, Timothy J. Peterson, and Grover A. Swartzlander, "Refractive optical wing oscillators with one reflective surface," Opt. Lett. 38, 935-937 (2013)

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