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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2001
  • pp: 1961–1973

Optical levitation and trapping of a micro-optic inclined end-surface cylindrical spinner

Robert C. Gauthier  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 12, pp. 1961-1973 (2001)

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Cylindrical micro-objects with inclined end surfaces have been observed to be optically trapped in a focused laser beam and to rotate about the beam’s propagation direction. A simplified vector model is developed that accounts for the observed effect; the enhanced ray-optics model is used to simulate the behavior of time evolution for the cylindrical object in the beam. Experimental laser trap configurations are presented, along with a video image sequence of the cylinder’s precession.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.2190) General : Experimental physics
(000.4930) General : Other topics of general interest
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers

Original Manuscript: June 23, 2000
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2000
Published: April 20, 2001

Robert C. Gauthier, "Optical levitation and trapping of a micro-optic inclined end-surface cylindrical spinner," Appl. Opt. 40, 1961-1973 (2001)

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