Picture an imperfect plane of loose particulate matter like sand or silt. Are there materials where if I shine light (not isotropically) on the plane I could get the particles to vibrate with large enough magnitudes that you could move (at least in a random walk) the particles around? If so what types of materials exhibit this, and how would that work, microscopically?
I can picture this being done with photo-evaporation on certain materials, but I was wondering more so if there are any non-destructive processes that could achieve macroscopic vibrations on a macro-scale. Something probably more analogous to phonon mode excitations as oppose to literally blasting the source particle around as a little thrust engine.