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A cooling light breeze

Mirrors confine light, and light exerts pressure on mirrors. The combination of these effects can be exploited to cool tiny, flexible mirrors to low temperatures purely through the influence of incident light.

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Figure 1: Calming light.

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Karrai, K. A cooling light breeze. Nature 444, 41–42 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/444041a

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