Ponderomotive Action of Light

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Ponderomotive Action of Light

 

the mechanical action of optical radiation, or light, consisting in the light’s imparting of momentum and angular momentum to a body illuminated by the light or to the body emitting the light.

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