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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1891–1897

Trapping and rotating microparticles and bacteria with moiré-based optical propelling beams

Peng Zhang, Daniel Hernandez, Drake Cannan, Yi Hu, Shima Fardad, Simon Huang, Joseph C. Chen, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 8, pp. 1891-1897 (2012)

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We propose and demonstrate trapping and rotation of microparticles and biological samples with a moiré-based rotating optical tweezers. We show that polystyrene beads, as well as Escherichia coli cells, can be rotated with ease, while the speed and direction of rotation are fully controllable by a computer, obviating mechanical movement or phase-sensitive interference. Furthermore, we demonstrate experimentally the generation of white-light propelling beams and arrays, and discuss the possibility of optical tweezing and particle micro-manipulation based on incoherent white-light rotating patterns.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Moire' techniques
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Traps, Manipulation, and Tracking

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2012
Published: July 18, 2012

Peng Zhang, Daniel Hernandez, Drake Cannan, Yi Hu, Shima Fardad, Simon Huang, Joseph C. Chen, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen, "Trapping and rotating microparticles and bacteria with moiré-based optical propelling beams," Biomed. Opt. Express 3, 1891-1897 (2012)

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