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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 10259–10264

Touching the microworld with force-feedback optical tweezers

Cécile Pacoret, Richard Bowman, Graham Gibson, Sinan Haliyo, David Carberry, Arvid Bergander, Stéphane Régnier, and Miles Padgett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 10259-10264 (2009)

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Optical tweezers are a powerful tool for micromanipulation and measurement of picoNewton sized forces. However, conventional interfaces present difficulties as the user cannot feel the forces involved. We present an interface to optical tweezers, based around a low-cost commercial force feedback device. The different dynamics of the micro-world make intuitive force feedback a challenge. We propose a coupling method using an existing optical tweezers system and discuss stability and transparency. Our system allows the user to perceive real Brownian motion and viscosity, as well as forces exerted during manipulation of objects by a trapped bead.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(150.5758) Machine vision : Robotic and machine control

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: April 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2009
Published: June 4, 2009

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Cécile Pacoret, Richard Bowman, Graham Gibson, Sinan Haliyo, David Carberry, Arvid Bergander, Stéphane Régnier, and Miles Padgett, "Touching the microworld with force-feedback optical tweezers," Opt. Express 17, 10259-10264 (2009)

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