Light-matter interaction: Conversion of optical energy and momentum to mechanical vibrations and phonons

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Abstract

Reflection, refraction, and absorption of light by material media are, in general, accompanied by a transfer of optical energy and momentum to the media. Consequently, the eigen-modes of mechanical vibration (phonons) created in the process must distribute the acquired energy and momentum throughout the material medium. However, unlike photons, phonons do not carry momentum. What happens to the material medium in its interactions with light, therefore, requires careful consideration if the conservation laws are to be upheld. The present paper addresses some of the mechanisms by which the electromagnetic momentum of light is carried away by mechanical vibrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQuantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIII
EditorsGail J. Brown, Manijeh Razeghi, Jay S. Lewis
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781628419900
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventQuantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIII - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 14 2016Feb 18 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9755
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherQuantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIII
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period2/14/162/18/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Mansuripur, M. (2016). Light-matter interaction: Conversion of optical energy and momentum to mechanical vibrations and phonons. In G. J. Brown, M. Razeghi, & J. S. Lewis (Eds.), Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIII [97552I] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9755). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218232