Applications of Laser Radiation Pressure

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Science  05 Dec 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4474, pp. 1081-1088
DOI: 10.1126/science.210.4474.1081


Use of lasers has revolutionized the study and applications of radiation pressure. Light forces have been achieved which strongly affect the dynamics of individual small particles. It is now possible to optically accelerate, slow, stably trap, and manipulate micrometer-sized dielectric particles and atoms. This leads to a diversity of new scientific and practical applications in fields where small particles play a role, such as light scattering, cloud physics, aerosol science, atomic physics, quantum optics, and high-resolution spectroscopy.