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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 13 — Jun. 25, 2007
  • pp: 8010–8020

Analytical prediction of stable optical trapping in optical vortices created by three TE or TM plane waves

Tomasz M. Grzegorczyk and Jin Au Kong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 13, pp. 8010-8020 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.008010


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Abstract

A closed-form analytical expression of the force on an infinite lossless dielectric cylinder due to multiple plane wave incidences is proposed. The formula for a TE polarization is derived and completes our previous work which was limited to TM polarizations. A unified form of the analytical expression of the force is proposed and used to study the curvature of the one dimensional potential of an optical lattice created by the interference of three plane waves. It is shown that the points of zero curvature yield optical vortices which can be used to stably trap particles of particular sizes and index contrasts with the background. Under these circumstances, the trajectories of the particles can be assimilated to spirals whose centers correspond to the points of undetermined phase in the optical landscape.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

ToC Category:
Trapping

History
Original Manuscript: April 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 4, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2007
Published: June 12, 2007

Virtual Issues
Vol. 2, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Tomasz M. Grzegorczyk and Jin Au Kong, "Analytical prediction of stable optical trapping in optical vortices created by three TE or TM plane waves," Opt. Express 15, 8010-8020 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-13-8010


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