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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 26 — Dec. 30, 2002
  • pp: 1550–1556

Interactive light-driven and parallel manipulation of inhomogeneous particles

Peter John Rodrigo, René Lynge Eriksen, Vincent Ricardo Daria, and Jesper Glückstad  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 26, pp. 1550-1556 (2002)

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A light-driven micromanipulation system with real-time user-feedback control is used to simultaneously trap colloidal suspensions enabling a unique interactive sorting capability and arbitrary patterning of microscopic particles. The technique is based on a straightforward phase-to-intensity conversion generating multiple beam patterns for manipulation of particles in the observation plane of a microscope. Encoding of phase patterns in a spatial light modulator, which is directly controlled by a computer, allows for dynamic reconfiguration of the trapping patterns, where independent control of the position, size, shape and intensity of each beam is possible. Efficient sorting of microsphere mixtures of distinct sizes and colors using multiple optical traps is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(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 29, 2002
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2002
Published: December 30, 2002

Peter Rodrigo, Rene Eriksen, Vincent Daria, and Jesper Glueckstad, "Interactive light-driven and parallel manipulation of inhomogeneous particles," Opt. Express 10, 1550-1556 (2002)

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