Negative electromagnetic plane-wave force in gain media

Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2011 Nov;84(5 Pt 2):057602. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.84.057602. Epub 2011 Nov 28.


It is shown that a uniform electromagnetic plane wave can exert a negative force on a homogeneous medium with gain when there is no component of the electric field in that direction. A physical interpretation for this force is given, along with an estimate of the strength achievable in an experiment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.