Abstract

Opto-mechanical analogies have been derived by casting electromagnetic field conservation laws for linear anisotropic media as balance equations of continuous mechanics, starting only and exclusively from Maxwell equations. Focusing on the asymmetry of Maxwell stress tensor T¯¯, electromagnetic couple density C is obtained in terms of the antisymmetric part of T¯¯, by using an equivalent system of forces. By considering a wavefront as a discontinuity surface, analogies with impulsive dynamics and the double-layer model for anisotropic media have been suggested. The procedure is applied to impedance-matched metamaterials and the eikonal equation for these media is reobtained.

© 2018 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Optics of anisotropic inhomogeneous media: an approach based on Nambu’s dynamics

Consuelo Bellver-Cebreros and Marcelo Rodriguez-Danta
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 36(10) 1762-1767 (2019)

Electromagnetic momentum and momentum flow in dielectric waveguides

H. A. Haus and H. Kogelnik
J. Opt. Soc. Am. 66(4) 320-327 (1976)

Surface fluctuation spectroscopy by surface-light-scattering spectroscopy

J. Adin Mann, Paul D. Crouser, and William V. Meyer
Appl. Opt. 40(24) 4092-4112 (2001)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (3)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (51)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription