Investigation of optical currents in coherent and partially coherent vector fields

O. V. Angelsky, M. P. Gorsky, P. P. Maksimyak, A. P. Maksimyak, Steen Grüner Hanson, C. Yu. Zenkova

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    Abstract

    We present the computer simulation results of the spatial distri-bution of the Poynting vector and illustrate motion of micro and nanopar-ticles in spatially inhomogeneously polarized fields. The influence of phase relations and the degree of mutual coherence of superimposing waves in the arrangements of two-wave and four-wave superposition on the characteris-tics of the microparticle’s motion has been analyzed. The prospects of stud-ying temporal coherence using the proposed approach are made. For the first time, the possibility of diagnostics of optical currents in liquids caused by polarization characteristics of an optical field alone, using nanoscale me-tallic particles has been shown experimentally.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOptics Express
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)660-672
    ISSN1094-4087
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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