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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 25 — Dec. 11, 2006
  • pp: 12497–12502

An optical trapped microhand for manipulating micron-sized objects

Graeme Whyte, Graham Gibson, Jonathan Leach, Miles Padgett, Daniel Robert, and Mervyn Miles  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 25, pp. 12497-12502 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.012497


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Abstract

We have developed a real time interface for holographic optical tweezers where the operator’s fingertips are mapped to the positions of silica beads captured in optical traps. The beads act as the fingertips of a microhand which can be used to manipulate objects that otherwise do not lend themselves to tweezers control, e.g. objects that are strongly scattering or highly light sensitive. We illustrate the use of the microhand for the real time manipulation of micron sized chrome particles.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Trapping

History
Original Manuscript: October 13, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2006
Published: December 11, 2006

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Vol. 2, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Graeme Whyte, Graham Gibson, Jonathan Leach, Miles Padgett, Daniel Robert, and Mervyn Miles, "An optical trapped microhand for manipulating micron-sized objects," Opt. Express 14, 12497-12502 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-25-12497


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