Abstract

We present a theory based on an exact calculation of the radiation forces on a microsized particle illuminated by evanescent waves created under total internal reflection in a flat substrate. The influence of the proximity of this interface to the particle is analyzed by a numerical simulation that addresses multiple scattering of light between the particle and the dielectric flat surface. We thus give an interpretation of the experimental results of Kawata and Sugiura [Opt. Lett. <b>17,</b> 772 (1992)] and put forward a method that is capable of predicting new effects.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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