Optical Forces: Some Fundamentals and Some Surprises

Barnett, S. M. (2017) Optical Forces: Some Fundamentals and Some Surprises. 2017 11th International Congress on Engineered Materials Platforms for Novel Wave Phenomena (Metamaterials), Marseille, France, 27 Aug - 2 Sept 2017. pp. 328-330. ISBN 9781538637685 (doi:10.1109/MetaMaterials.2017.8107801)

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We address the general problem of evaluating optical forces on general dielectric and magneto-dielectric materials. Our starting point is the familiar Lorentz force law and we exploit symmetries and physical reasoning to build up a complete theory. At the quantum level, this allows us to identify the mechanical properties of photons propagating through such media.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barnett, Professor Stephen
Authors: Barnett, S. M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 IEEE
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