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In search of applications of radiation pressure

  1. May 21, 2013 #1
    can anyone tell me the applications of radiation pressure?
    i have manged to find out one application i.e in solar sails but still my instructor is demanding more applications. i have also found an abstract of an article its about Adiabatic electron thermal pressure fluctuations in tokamak plasma at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11497950 but there is not enough detail present there. please help
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  3. May 21, 2013 #2


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    Radiation pressure is important in stars. I don't know if that counts as "application".
    For small objects in the solar system, radiation pressure can be relevant, too.
  4. May 23, 2013 #3
    i dont think he would consider it as an application, but cant it be placed in some other portion of my assignment?
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    Laser cooling? You shine a laser on an atom coming towards you to slow it down.
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  7. May 27, 2013 #6
    can you give me a little detail of it plz
  8. May 27, 2013 #7


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    Laser cooling
    With the right setup, particles absorb light if they fly in the opposite direction (so they get slower) and emit in in some random direction again (with just a small impact on their average velocity).
  9. May 28, 2013 #8
    thaks alot mfb
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