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Multipolar Origin of the Unexpected Transverse Force Resulting from Two-Wave Interference

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posted on 2023-11-30, 19:46 authored by Karim Achouri, Andrei Kiselev, Olivier J. F. Martin
We propose a theoretical study on the electromagnetic forces resulting from the superposition of a TE and TM plane waves interacting with a sphere. Specifically, we first show that, under such an illumination condition, the sphere is subjected to a force transverse to the propagation direction of the waves. We then analyze the physical origin of this counter-intuitive behavior using a multipolar decomposition of the electromagnetic modes involved in that scattering process. This analysis reveals that interference effects, due to the two-wave illumination, lead to a Kerker-like asymmetric scattering behavior resulting in this peculiar transverse force.

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