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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2003
  • pp: 199–207

Optical tweezers with multiple optical forces using double-hologram interference

W. M. Lee, X.-C. Yuan, and D. Y. Tang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 3, pp. 199-207 (2003)

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In earlier work, we introduced new ways of generating a series of interference patterns formed from Laguerre–Gaussian (LG) beams, which are being used as advanced optical tweezers in creating and manipulating three-dimensional structures. In this work, we have succeeded in demonstrating, for the first time to our knowledge, double LG and LG beams with a Gaussian-beam interference using a Michelson interferometer. We have been able to observe LG interference of unequal azimuthal charge by using just two holograms. This is a new type of optical tweezers because the tweezers have the ability to transfer orbital angular momentum, spin angular momentum, and optical gradient force simultaneously to microparticles. This provides a great opportunity for investigating the force interaction within a single laser beam.

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OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

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Original Manuscript: December 30, 2002
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2003
Published: February 10, 2003

Woei Ming Lee, X. Yuan, and D. Tang, "Optical tweezers with multiple optical forces using double-hologram interference," Opt. Express 11, 199-207 (2003)

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