Internal and near-surface electromagnetic fields for a spherical particle irradiated by a focused laser beam

J. P. Barton, Dennis R Alexander, S. A. Schaub

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Abstract

Theoretical expressions for the internal and external electromagnetic fields for an arbitrary electromagnetic beam incident upon a homogeneous spherical particle are derived, and numerical calculations based upon this theoretical development are presented. In particular, spatial distributions of the internal and near-surface electric field magnitude (source function) for a focused fundamental (TEM00 mode) Gaussian beam of 1.06 μm wavelength and 4 μm beam waist diameter incident upon a 5-μm-diam water droplet in air are presented as a function of the location of the beam focal point relative to the sphere center. The calculations indicate that the internal and near-surface electric field magnitude distribution can be strongly dependent upon relative focal point positioning and may differ significantly from the corresponding electric field magnitude distribution expected from plane-wave irradiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1632-1639
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988

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Internal and near-surface electromagnetic fields for a spherical particle irradiated by a focused laser beam. / Barton, J. P.; Alexander, Dennis R; Schaub, S. A.

In: Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 64, No. 4, 01.12.1988, p. 1632-1639.

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