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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 3 — Feb. 7, 2005
  • pp: 968–976

Hollow spheres as individual movable micromirrors in optical tweezers

I. Ricárdez-Vargas, M. D. Iturbe-Castillo, R. Ramos-García, K. Volke-Sepúlveda, and V. Ruíz-Cortés  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp. 968-976 (2005)

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We introduce the use of hollow micron-sized spheres with a finite-thickness glass shell as individual micromirrors operating by total internal reflection (TIR) when illuminated off-axis. We also demonstrated that this kind of spheres can be optically trapped and manipulated in two dimensions using a Gaussian beam in a conventional optical tweezers setup, which allows the precise positioning of the micromirrors at specific locations within a sample cell. This mirrors constitutes a new micro-tool in the context of the so called lab-on-a-chip

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 5, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 28, 2005
Published: February 7, 2005

I. Ricárdez-Vargas, M. Iturbe-Castillo, R. Ramos-García, K. Volke-Sepúlveda, and V. Ruíz-Cortés, "Hollow spheres as individual movable micromirrors in optical tweezers," Opt. Express 13, 968-976 (2005)

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