Classical Physics


Spin Transferred to a Mirror Reflecting Light

Authors: Radi Khrapko

We consider the incidence of a plane circularly polarized electromagnetic wave on a mirror at an angle . We have calculated the transfer of the momentum and the spin angular momentum to the mirror and, accordingly, the pressure and density of the torque on the mirror. The given calculations show that spin is a natural property of a plane electromagnetic wave, similar to energy and momentum.

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[v1] 2017-02-02 11:46:31
[v2] 2018-01-27 05:41:49

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