Optical Torque Controlled By Elliptical Polarization

Friese, M. E. J., Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (1998) Optical Torque Controlled By Elliptical Polarization. Optics Letters, 23 1: 1-3. doi:10.1364/OL.23.000001

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Author Friese, M. E. J.
Nieminen, T. A.
Heckenberg, N. R.
Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H.
Title Optical Torque Controlled By Elliptical Polarization
Journal name Optics Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-9592
Publication date 1998-01-01
Year available 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1364/OL.23.000001
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 3
Total pages 3
Editor Mecozzi, A.
Place of publication New York
Publisher Optical Society of America
Language eng
Subject 240400 Optical Physics
Abstract We show theoretically and demonstrate experimentally that highly absorbing particles can be trapped and manipulated in a single highly focused Gaussian beam. Our studies of the effects of polarized light on such particles show that they can be set into rotation by elliptically polarized light and that both the sense and the speed of their rotation can be smoothly controlled.
Keyword Optical tweezers
optical torque
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Physical Sciences Publications
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