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Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 10 — Oct. 5, 2012

Electromagnetic plane-wave forces on homogeneous material

Kevin J. Webb and Shivanand  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 8, pp. 1904-1910 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.29.001904


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Abstract

The electromagnetic plane-wave force on homogeneous materials having the possible set of constitutive parameter signs is evaluated. The force remains positive in all cases with loss, but a negative force results with gain. A negative force is shown to occur for an evanescent field when there is no component of the electric field in that direction. Both forces have significant magnitude and hence should be observable in experiments.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 29, 2012
Published: July 9, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Kevin J. Webb, "Electromagnetic plane-wave forces on homogeneous material," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 1904-1910 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-29-8-1904

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