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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 22 — Nov. 1, 2004
  • pp: 5475–5480

Assembly of 3-dimensional structures using programmable holographic optical tweezers

Gavin Sinclair, Pamela Jordan, Johannes Courtial, Miles Padgett, Jon Cooper, and Zsolt John Laczik  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 22, pp. 5475-5480 (2004)

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The micromanipulation of objects into 3-dimensional geometries within holographic optical tweezers is carried out using modified Gerchberg-Saxton (GS) and direct binary search (DBS) algorithms to produce the hologram designs. The algorithms calculate sequences of phase holograms, which are implemented using a spatial light modulator, to reconfigure the geometries of optical traps in many planes simultaneously. The GS algorithm is able to calculate holograms quickly from the initial, intermediate and final trap positions. In contrast, the DBS algorithm is slower and therefore used to pre-calculate the holograms, which are then displayed in sequence. Assembly of objects in a variety of 3-D configurations is semi-automated, once the traps in their initial positions are loaded.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(090.2870) Holography : Holographic display
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Original Manuscript: September 20, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2004
Published: November 1, 2004

Gavin Sinclair, Pamela Jordan, Johannes Courtial, Miles Padgett, Jon Cooper, and Zsolt Laczik, "Assembly of 3-dimensional structures using programmable holographic optical tweezers," Opt. Express 12, 5475-5480 (2004)

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