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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 14 — Jul. 9, 2007
  • pp: 9009–9014

2D optical manipulation and assembly of shape-complementary planar microstructures

Peter John Rodrigo, Lóránd Kelemen, Carlo Amadeo Alonzo, Ivan R. Perch-Nielsen, Jeppe Seidelin Dam, Pál Ormos, and Jesper Glückstad  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 9009-9014 (2007)

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Optical trapping and manipulation offer great flexibility as a non-contact microassembly tool. Its application to the assembly of microscale building blocks may open new doors for micromachine technology. In this work, we demonstrate all-optical assembly of microscopic puzzle pieces in a fluidic environment using programmable arrays of trapping beams. Identical shape-complimentary pieces are optically fabricated with submicron resolution using two-photon polymerization (2PP) technique. These are efficiently assembled into space-filling tessellations by a multiple-beam optical micromanipulation system. The flexibility of the system allows us to demonstrate both user-interactive and computer-automated modes of serial and parallel assembly of microscale objects with high spatial and angular positioning precision.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication

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Original Manuscript: April 25, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2007
Published: July 5, 2007

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Peter John Rodrigo, Lóránd Kelemen, Carlo Amadeo Alonzo, Ivan R. Perch-Nielsen, Jeppe Seidelin Dam, Pál Ormos, and Jesper Glückstad, "2D optical manipulation and assembly of shape-complementary planar microstructures," Opt. Express 15, 9009-9014 (2007)

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