Energy flow characteristics of vector X-Waves

Mohamed Salem, Hakan Bagci

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The vector form of X-Waves is obtained as a superposition of transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarized field components. It is shown that the signs of all components of the Poynting vector can be locally changed using carefully chosen complex amplitudes of the transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarization components. Negative energy flux density in the longitudinal direction can be observed in a bounded region around the centroid; in this region the local behavior of the wave field is similar to that of wave field with negative energy flow. This peculiar energy flux phenomenon is of essential importance for electromagnetic and optical traps and tweezers, where the location and momenta of microand nanoparticles are manipulated by changing the Poynting vector, and in detection of invisibility cloaks. © 2011 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8526
JournalOptics Express
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 18 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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