Abstract

The optical radiation force experienced by a cylinder material of circular cross section exhibiting circular dichroism (known also as rotary polarization) in an electric line source illumination is considered. An exact analytical expression for the radiation force (per length) valid for any frequency range is derived assuming an electric line source radiating cylindrically diverging TM-polarized waves without any approximations. The partial-wave series expansion method in cylindrical coordinates utilizing standard Bessel and Hankel functions is used to derive the electric and magnetic field expressions and a dimensionless radiation force function (or efficiency), which depends on the scattering coefficient of the cylinder as well as the distance from the radiating source. To illustrate the analysis, numerical computations for the dimensionless radiation force function for a perfect electromagnetic conductor (PEMC) cylinder are performed with emphasis on its dimensionless size parameter and source distance, which clearly draw attention to the contribution of the cross-polarized scattered waves (resulting from the rotary polarization effect) to the total force. The numerical predictions demonstrate the possibility to pull a circular-shaped cylinder material with rotary polarization toward the illuminating electric line source with TM-polarized waves using a curved wavefront depending on the PEMC material admittance, distance to the source, and size of the cylinder.

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