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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 45, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2006
  • pp: 880–887

Holographic optical trapping

David G. Grier and Yael Roichman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 5, pp. 880-887 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.000880


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Abstract

Holographic optical tweezers use computer-generated holograms to create arbitrary three-dimensional configurations of single-beam optical traps that are useful for capturing, moving, and transforming mesoscopic objects. Through a combination of beam-splitting, mode-forming, and adaptive wavefront correction, holographic traps can exert precisely specified and characterized forces and torques on objects ranging in size from a few nanometers to hundreds of micrometers. Offering nanometer-scale spatial resolution and real-time reconfigurability, holographic optical traps provide unsurpassed access to the microscopic world and have found applications in fundamental research, manufacturing, and materials processing.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Tweezing

History
Original Manuscript: May 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 22, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2005

Virtual Issues
Vol. 1, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
David G. Grier and Yael Roichman, "Holographic optical trapping," Appl. Opt. 45, 880-887 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-5-880

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