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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2014
  • pp: 48–51

Oblique reflection of a laser pulse from a perfect elastic mirror

Tomaž Požar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 48-51 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.000048


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Abstract

An oblique reflection of a laser pulse from a fully reflective mirror is treated using the fundamental nonrelativistic conservation principles of energy and momentum. Since the mirror is considered as an elastic object, the reflection of light gives rise to an elastic wave with measurable amplitude that propagates within the mirror. Our results predict a larger Doppler shift in the reflected pulse for the most common setting, when the mirror is initially at rest, compared to the results obtained when the mirror is treated as rigid.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(280.3340) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser Doppler velocimetry
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(280.3375) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser induced ultrasonics

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: September 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 30, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2013
Published: December 19, 2013

Citation
Tomaž Požar, "Oblique reflection of a laser pulse from a perfect elastic mirror," Opt. Lett. 39, 48-51 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-1-48

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