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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2383–2393

Phenomenological study of binding in optically trapped photonic crystals

D. Maystre and P. Vincent  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 8, pp. 2383-2393 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.24.002383


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Abstract

We describe a phenomenological theory of the phenomenon of binding observed both experimentally and numerically when particles are trapped by an interference system in order to make a structure close to a photonic crystal. This theory leads to a very simple conclusion, which links the binding phenomenon to the bottom of the lowest bandgap of the trapped crystal in a given direction. The phenomenological theory allows one to calculate the period of the trapped crystal by using numerical tools on dispersion diagrams of photonic crystals. It emerges that the agreement of our theory with our rigorous numerical results given in a previous paper [J. Opt A 8, 1059 (2006)] is better than 2% on the crystal period. Furthermore, it is shown that in two-dimensional problems and s polarization, all the optical forces derive from a scalar potential.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 8, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 14, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2007
Published: July 11, 2007

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Citation
D. Maystre and P. Vincent, "Phenomenological study of binding in optically trapped photonic crystals," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 2383-2393 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-24-8-2383

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