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Motion-induced radiation from a dynamically deforming mirror


Golestanian,  R.       
Department of Living Matter Physics, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;

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Miri, F., & Golestanian, R. (1999). Motion-induced radiation from a dynamically deforming mirror. Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 59(3), 2291-2294. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.59.2291.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-ACB3-3
A path-integral formulation is developed to study the spectrum of radiation from a perfectly reflecting (conducting) surface. It allows us to study arbitrary deformations in space and time. The spectrum is calculated to second order in the height function. For a harmonic traveling wave on the surface, we find many different regimes in which the radiation is restricted to certain directions. It is shown that high-frequency photons are emitted in a beam with relatively low angular dispersion whose direction can be controlled by the mechanical deformations of the plate. © 1999 The American Physical Society.