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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5743–5757

Optical guiding of absorbing nanoclusters in air

Vladlen G. Shvedov, Anton S. Desyatnikov, Andrei V. Rode, Wieslaw Krolikowski, and Yuri S. Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5743-5757 (2009)

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We suggest a novel approach in all-optical trapping employing a photophoretic force for manipulation of absorbing particles in open air. We demonstrate experimentally the robust three-dimensional guiding, over the distances of a few millimeters, of agglomerates of carbon nanoparticles with the size spanned from 100 nm to 10μm, as well as their acceleration up to velocities of 1 cm/sec. We achieve stable positioning and guiding of particles as well as simultaneous trapping of a large number of particles in a dual beam optical trap created by two counter-propagating and co-rotating optical vortex beams.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: March 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2009
Published: March 25, 2009

Vladlen G. Shvedov, Anton S. Desyatnikov, Andrei V. Rode, Wieslaw Krolikowski, and Yuri S. Kivshar, "Optical guiding of absorbing nanoclusters in air," Opt. Express 17, 5743-5757 (2009)

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