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Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

| EXPLORING THE INTERFACE OF LIGHT AND BIOMEDICINE

  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 8, Iss. 6 — Jun. 27, 2013

Mechanical wave motion due to the radiation pressure on gain or absorptive rods

Tomaž Požar and Janez Možina  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 1754-1756 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001754


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Abstract

The interaction of a light pulse with reflective and either a passive, lossy medium or an active medium with population inversion gives rise to elastic waves, already as a result of the change in the momentum carried by the incident light. We derived a 1D analytic displacement field that quantitatively predicts the shape and amplitude of such waves in semi-infinite and finite elastic rods in a half-space and infinite layer. The results are compatible with the conservation of momentum and energy of the light-matter system. They can be used as a signature for direct measurements of the radiation-pressure-induced elastic waves and to clarify the Abraham–Minkowski momentum dilemma.

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OCIS Codes
(200.4880) Optics in computing : Optomechanics
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(280.3375) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser induced ultrasonics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2013
Published: May 15, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Tomaž Požar and Janez Možina, "Mechanical wave motion due to the radiation pressure on gain or absorptive rods," Opt. Lett. 38, 1754-1756 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-10-1754

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