I know that photons/ light when incident on a surface exerts forces on it (aka radiation pressure) and it is also used for applications such as solar sails or laser propulsion. This phenomenon is similar to wind sails, where wind exerts pressure on the sails.
In rocket chemical propulsion, high-velocity exhaust gas produces a reaction force to propel the rocket. Does the light/photon also produce a reaction force on its source? For example, does a torch or a laser device experiences force in the opposite direction of the light? Can it be used similar to the rocket propulsion?
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