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Analyzing the phonon-polariton response of silicon Carbide microparticles and nanoparticles by use of the Bondary Element Method

We present our investigation of the torque exerted on dielectric elliptical cylinders by highly focused laser beams. The calculations are performed with rigorous diffraction theory, and the size-dependent torque is analyzed as a function of the axis ratio. It is found that highly elongated particles will experience a reversal of the torque for a radius that is approximately one third of the wavelength. This effect is attributed to interference effects inside the structure due to multiple reflections of the incoming wave. The evolution from a perfectly sinusoidal angular dependence of the torque to a more complicated pattern for increasing particle size is presented in detail. © 2005 Optical Society of America.

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