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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 10 — May. 17, 2004
  • pp: 2243–2250

Diffractive optical tweezers in the Fresnel regime

Alexander Jesacher, Severin Fürhapter, Stefan Bernet, and Monika Ritsch-Marte  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 10, pp. 2243-2250 (2004)

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We demonstrate a flexible setup for holographic steering of laser tweezers in microscopy using a high resolution spatial light modulator (SLM). In contrast to other methods, hologram read-out is done in the off-axis Fresnel regime rather than in the typically used on-axis Fourier regime. The diffractive structure is calculated as a Fresnel hologram, such that after reflection at the SLM only the desired first diffraction order is guided to the input of an optical microscope, where it generates a tailored optical tweezers field. We demonstrate some advantageous features of this setup, i.e. undesired diffraction orders are suppressed, the optical traps can be easily steered in real-time by just “mouse-dragging” a hologram window at the SLM display, and a number of independently steerable optical traps can be generated simultaneously in a three-dimensional arrangement by displaying a corresponding number of adjacent hologram windows at the SLM screen.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation

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Original Manuscript: April 21, 2004
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2004
Published: May 17, 2004

Alexander Jesacher, Severin Fürhapter, Stefan Bernet, and Monika Ritsch-Marte, "Diffractive optical tweezers in the Fresnel regime," Opt. Express 12, 2243-2250 (2004)

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