Optomechanics of random media: towards Photonic Robots
The Brownian motion of photons in a random medium induces a Brownian motion of the medium.
Anderson localization of light enhances the optomechanical interaction.
These effects are considered in a manuscript, by Silvia Gentilini and Claudio Conti, based on massively parallel numerical solutions of the Maxwell equations for random media. The goal is designing micron-sized structured devices that are activated by light and perform a prescribed motion. Understanding the role of light scattering is pivotal in the realization of "Photonic Robots."
Now published in Phys. Rev. A
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