Shape-induced force fields in optical trapping

Phillips, D. B., Padgett, M. J., Hanna, S., Ho, Y.-L. D., Carberry, D. M., Miles, M. J. and Simpson S.H. (2014) Shape-induced force fields in optical trapping. Nature Photonics, 8 5: 400-405. doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.74

Author Phillips, D. B.
Padgett, M. J.
Hanna, S.
Ho, Y.-L. D.
Carberry, D. M.
Miles, M. J.
Simpson S.H.
Title Shape-induced force fields in optical trapping
Journal name Nature Photonics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1749-4885
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/nphoton.2014.74
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8
Issue 5
Start page 400
End page 405
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 2504 Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
3107 Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Abstract Advances in optical tweezers, coupled with the proliferation of two-photon polymerization systems, mean that it is now becoming routine to fabricate and trap non-spherical particles. The shaping of both light beams and particles allows fine control over the flow of momentum from the optical to mechanical regimes. However, understanding and predicting the behaviour of such systems is highly complex in comparison with the traditional optically trapped microsphere. In this Article, we present a conceptually new and simple approach based on the nature of the optical force density. We illustrate the method through the design and fabrication of a shaped particle capable of acting as a passive force clamp, and we demonstrate its use as an optically trapped probe for imaging surface topography. Further applications of the design rules highlighted here may lead to new sensors for probing biomolecule mechanics, as well as to the development of optically actuated micromachines.
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