Optical tweezers and paradoxes in electromagnetism

Pfeifer, Robert N. C., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011) Optical tweezers and paradoxes in electromagnetism. Journal of Optics, 13 4: 044017-1-044017-7. doi:10.1088/2040-8978/13/4/044017

Author Pfeifer, Robert N. C.
Nieminen, Timo A.
Heckenberg, Norman R.
Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina
Title Optical tweezers and paradoxes in electromagnetism
Journal name Journal of Optics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2040-8978
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1088/2040-8978/13/4/044017
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 044017-1
End page 044017-7
Total pages 7
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The widespread application of optical forces and torques has contributed to renewed interest in the fundamentals of the electromagnetic force and torque, including long-standing paradoxes such as the Abraham–Minkowski controversy and the angular momentum density of a circularly polarized plane wave. We discuss the relationship between these electromagnetic paradoxes and optical tweezers. In particular, consideration of possible optical tweezers experiments to attempt to resolve these paradoxes strongly suggests that they are beyond experimental resolution, yielding identical observable results in all cases.
Keyword Electromagnetic momentum
Optical angular momentum
Abraham-Minkowski controversy
Circularly-polarized light
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special issue on optical tweezers. Article no. 044017, pp. 1-7

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