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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 9 — May. 3, 2004
  • pp: 1978–1981

Processing carbon nanotubes with holographic optical tweezers

Joseph Plewa, Evan Tanner, Daniel M. Mueth, and David G. Grier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 9, pp. 1978-1981 (2004)

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We report the first demonstration that carbon nanotubes can be trapped and manipulated by optical tweezers. This observation is surprising because individual nanotubes are substantially smaller than the wavelength of light, and thus should not be amenable to optical trapping. Even so, nanotube bundles, and perhaps even individual nanotubes, can be transported at high speeds, deposited onto substrates, untangled, and selectively ablated, all with visible light. The use of holographic optical tweezers, capable of creating hundreds of independent traps simultaneously, suggests opportunities for highly parallel nanotube processing with light.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping

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Original Manuscript: February 17, 2004
Revised Manuscript: April 22, 2004
Published: May 3, 2004

Joseph Plewa, Evan Tanner, Daniel Mueth, and David Grier, "Processing carbon nanotubes with holographic optical tweezers," Opt. Express 12, 1978-1981 (2004)

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