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Radiation pressure and photon momentum in negative-index media
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Paper Abstract

Radiation pressure and photon momentum in negative-index media are no different than their counterparts in ordinary (positive-index) materials. This is because the parameters responsible for these properties are the admittance √ε /μ and the group refractive index ng of the material (both positive entities), and not the phase refractive index n =√με , which is negative in negative-index media. One approach to investigating the exchange of momentum between electromagnetic waves and material media is via the Doppler shift phenomenon. In this paper we use the Doppler shift to arrive at an expression for the radiation pressure on a mirror submerged in a negative-index medium. In preparation for the analysis, we investigate the phenomenon of Doppler shift in various settings, and show the conditions under which a so-called “inverse” Doppler shift could occur. We also argue that a recent observation of the inverse Doppler shift upon reflection from a negative-index medium cannot be correct, because it violates the conservation laws.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8455, Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications V, 845511 (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930113
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Masud Mansuripur, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Armis R. Zakharian, Corning Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8455:
Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications V
Allan D. Boardman; Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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