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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 4 — May. 22, 2013

Mie scattering and optical forces from evanescent fields: A complex-angle approach

Aleksandr Y. Bekshaev, Konstantin Y. Bliokh, and Franco Nori  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 7082-7095 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.007082


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Abstract

Mie theory is one of the main tools describing scattering of propagating electromagnetic waves by spherical particles. Evanescent optical fields are also scattered by particles and exert radiation forces which can be used for optical near-field manipulations. We show that the Mie theory can be naturally adopted for the scattering of evanescent waves via rotation of its standard solutions by a complex angle. This offers a simple and powerful tool for calculations of the scattered fields and radiation forces. Comparison with other, more cumbersome, approaches shows perfect agreement, thereby validating our theory. As examples of its application, we calculate angular distributions of the scattered far-field irradiance and radiation forces acting on dielectric and conducting particles immersed in an evanescent field.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

History
Original Manuscript: November 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2013
Published: March 13, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Aleksandr Y. Bekshaev, Konstantin Y. Bliokh, and Franco Nori, "Mie scattering and optical forces from evanescent fields: A complex-angle approach," Opt. Express 21, 7082-7095 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-6-7082


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