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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2008
  • pp: 849–853

Simulated holographic three-dimensional intensity shaping of evanescent-wave fields

Laura C. Thomson, Graeme Whyte, Michael Mazilu, and Johannes Courtial  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 5, pp. 849-853 (2008)

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The size of bright structures in traveling-wave light fields is limited by diffraction. This in turn limits a number of technologies, for example, optical trapping. One way to beat the diffraction limit is to use evanescent waves instead of traveling waves. Here we apply a holographic algorithm, direct search, to the shaping of complex evanescent-wave fields. We simulate three-dimensional intensity shaping of evanescent-wave fields using this approach, and we investigate some of its limitations.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

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Original Manuscript: December 11, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2008
Published: April 30, 2008

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Laura C. Thomson, Graeme Whyte, Michael Mazilu, and Johannes Courtial, "Simulated holographic three-dimensional intensity shaping of evanescent-wave fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 849-853 (2008)

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