Ponderomotive forces on waves in modulated media

I. Y. Dodin, N. J. Fisch

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Nonlinear interactions of waves via instantaneous cross-phase modulation can be cast in the same way as ponderomotive wave-particle interactions in high-frequency fields. The ponderomotive effect arises when rays of a probe wave scatter off perturbations of the underlying medium produced by a second, modulation wave, much like charged particles scatter off an oscillating electromagnetic field. Parallels with the point-particle dynamics, which itself is subsumed under this theory, lead to new methods of wave manipulation, including asymmetric barriers for light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205002
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 21 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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