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Optical wing generates lift from light


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  1. Swartzlander, G. A., Peterson, T. J., Artusio-Glimpse, A. B. & Raisanen, A. D. Nature Photonics advance online publication doi:10.1038/NPHOTON.2010.266 (2010).

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Cartwright, J. Optical wing generates lift from light. Nature (2010).

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