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To Physicists' Surprise, a Light Touch Sets Tiny Objects Aquiver

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Science  15 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5733, pp. 366
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5733.366b

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Summary

Physicists have set a tiny disk of glass vibrating by "whistling" light through it. The effect could lead to optically controlled micromachines but might also limit the sensitivity of giant gravitational-wave detectors.