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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 4 — Feb. 23, 2004
  • pp: 593–600

Manipulation and filtration of low index particles with holographic Laguerre-Gaussian optical trap arrays

P. A. Prentice, M. P. MacDonald, T. G. Frank, A. Cuschieri, G. C. Spalding, W. Sibbett, P. A. Campbell, and K. Dholakia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 4, pp. 593-600 (2004)

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Multiple low index particles (micrometer-sized ultrasound contrast agent), have been optically trapped using a 4×4 Laguerre-Gaussian trap array. The trapping efficiency of the Laguerre-Gaussian arrangement was measured using a Stokes’ flow approach whereby the critical relative fluid velocity required to remove particles from the optical trap was measured. The dependence of trapping efficiency on beam power was also explored and the optimum beam parameters were identified. Finally, the utility of the array as a selective filter was demonstrated by tweezing multiple low-index particles from a population exhibiting an inherent distribution in size. This procedure represents a unique remote non-contact process that may have significant applicability throughout the fields of biophysics and biotechnology.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2004
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2004
Published: February 23, 2004

P. Prentice, M. MacDonald, T. Frank, A. Cuschier, G. Spalding, W. Sibbett, P. Campbell, and K. Dholakia, "Manipulation and filtration of low index particles with holographic Laguerre-Gaussian optical trap arrays," Opt. Express 12, 593-600 (2004)

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