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Negative scattering asymmetry parameter for dipolar particles: Unusual reduction of the transport mean free path and radiation pressure

Gómez-Medina, R. ; Froufe-Pérez, L. S. ; Yépez, M. ; Scheffold, Frank ; Nieto-Vesperinas, M. ; Sáenz, Juan José

In: Physical Review A - Atomic, molecular and optical physics, 2012, vol. 85, no. 3, p. 035802

Lossless dielectric nanospheres (made of nonmagnetic materials) with relatively low refraction index may present strong electric and magnetic dipolar resonances. We establish a relationship between the optical force from a plane wave on small electric and magnetic dipolar particles, the transport cross section, and the scattering asymmetry parameter g. In this way we predict negative g (that... Plus

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    Summary
    Lossless dielectric nanospheres (made of nonmagnetic materials) with relatively low refraction index may present strong electric and magnetic dipolar resonances. We establish a relationship between the optical force from a plane wave on small electric and magnetic dipolar particles, the transport cross section, and the scattering asymmetry parameter g. In this way we predict negative g (that minimize the transport mean free path below values of the scattering mean free path) for a dilute suspension of both perfectly reflecting spheres as well as of lossless dielectric nanospheres made of moderate permittivity materials, e.g., silicon or germanium nanospheres in the infrared region. Lossless dielectric Mie spheres of relatively low refraction index (as low as 2.2) are shown to present negative g in specific spectral ranges.