Otávio A. Capeloto,Vitor S. Zanuto, Luis C. Malacarne, Mauro L. Baesso, Gustavo V. B. Lukasievicz, Stephen E. Bialkowski, and Nelson G. C. Astratha.

Scientific Reports – Volume:, Páginas:, Issue: Doi:10.1038/srep20515

We induce nanometer-scale surface deformation by exploiting momentum conservation of the interaction between laser light and dielectric liquids. The effect of radiation force at the air-liquid interface is quantitatively assessed for fluids with different density, viscosity and surface tension. The imparted pressure on the liquids by continuous or pulsed laser light excitation is fully described by the Helmholtz electromagnetic force density.