Classical Physics


Spin Transferred to a Mirror Reflecting Light

Authors: Radi I. Khrapko

We consider the incidence of a plane circularly polarized electromagnetic wave on a mirror at an angle and its reflection from it. We have calculated the transfer of a momentum and a spin to the mirror and, accordingly, the pressure and density of a mechanical torque on the mirror. The given calculations show that spin occurs to be the same natural property of the plane electromagnetic wave, as momentum. Recognizing the existence of photons with momentum, energy and spin in a plane electromagnetic wave, it is strange to deny the presence of spin in such a wave, as is done in modern electrodynamics.

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