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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 1 — Jan. 12, 2004
  • pp: 220–226

3D manipulation of particles into crystal structures using holographic optical tweezers

Jonathan Leach, Gavin Sinclair, Pamela Jordan, Johannes Courtial, Miles J. Padgett, Jon Cooper, and Zsolt J. Laczik  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 1, pp. 220-226 (2004)

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We have developed holographic optical tweezers that can manipulate many particles simultaneously in three dimensions in order to create micro-crystal structures that extend over many tens of microns. The technique uses specific hologram-design algorithms to create structures that can be dynamically scaled or rotated about arbitrary axes. We believe the generation and control of pre-determined crystal-like structures have significant potential in fields as diverse as photonic-crystal construction, seeding of biological tissue growth and creation of metrological standards within nanotechnology.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Original Manuscript: November 7, 2003
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2003
Published: January 12, 2004

Jonathan Leach, Gavin Sinclair, Pamela Jordan, Johannes Courtial, Miles Padgett, Jon Cooper, and Zsolt Laczik, "3D manipulation of particles into crystal structures using holographic optical tweezers," Opt. Express 12, 220-226 (2004)

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