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Resonance energy transfer and interface forces: quantum electrodynamical analysis
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Paper Abstract

On the propagation of radiation with a suitably resonant optical frequency through a dense chromophoric system - a doped solid for example - photon capture is commonly followed by one or more near-field transfers of the resulting optical excitation, usually to closely neighboring chromophores. Since the process results in a change to the local electronic environment, it can be expected to also shift the electromagnetic interactions between the participant optical units, producing modified inter-particle forces. Significantly, it emerges that energy transfer, when it occurs between chromophores or particles with electronically dissimilar properties (such as differing polarizabilities), engenders hitherto unreported changes in the local potential energy landscape. This paper reports the results of quantum electrodynamical calculations which cast a new light on the physical link between these features. The theory also elucidates a significant relationship with Casimir-Polder forces; it transpires that there are clear and fundamental links between dispersion forces and resonance energy transfer. Based on the results, we highlight specific effects that can be anticipated when laser light propagates through an interface between two absorbing media. Both steady-state and pulsed excitation conditions are modeled and the consequences for interface forces are subjected to detailed analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6905, Complex Light and Optical Forces II, 690503 (25 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.770253
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David S. Bradshaw, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich (United Kingdom)
Jamie M. Leeder, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich (United Kingdom)
Justo Rodríguez, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich (United Kingdom)
David L. Andrews, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6905:
Complex Light and Optical Forces II
David L. Andrews; Enrique J. Galvez; Gerard Nienhuis, Editor(s)

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