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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2006
  • pp: 4263–4269

Characterization of objective transmittance for optical tweezers

N. B. Viana, M. S. Rocha, O. N. Mesquita, A. Mazolli, and P. A. Maia Neto  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 18, pp. 4263-4269 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.004263


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Abstract

We have measured the overall transmittance of a laser beam through an oil immersion objective as a function of the transverse size of the laser beam, using the dual-objective method. Our results show that the objective transmittance is not uniform and that its dependence on the radial beam's position can be modeled by a Gaussian function. This property affects the intensity distribution pattern in the sample region and should be taken into account in theoretical descriptions of optical tweezers. Moreover, one must consider this position dependence to determine the local laser power delivered at the sample region by the dual-objective method, especially when the beam overfills the objective's back entrance. If the transmittance is assumed to be uniform, the local power is overestimated.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: August 24, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 18, 2005

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Citation
N. B. Viana, M. S. Rocha, O. N. Mesquita, A. Mazolli, and P. A. Maia Neto, "Characterization of objective transmittance for optical tweezers," Appl. Opt. 45, 4263-4269 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-18-4263

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