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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 19941–19950

Light fields with an axially expanded intensity distribution for stable three-dimensional optical trapping

Susanne Zwick, Christian Schaub, Tobias Haist, and Wolfgang Osten  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 19941-19950 (2010)

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We introduce a new kind of light field to improve and simplify the trapping process of axially displaced particles. To this end we employ a light field with an axially expanded intensity distribution, which at the same time enables stable axial trapping. We present simulations of the axial intensity distribution of the novel trapping field and first experimental results, which demonstrate the improvement of the reliability of the axial trapping process. The method can be used to automate trapping of particles that are located outside of the focal plane of the microscope.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 9, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 9, 2010
Published: September 3, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 13 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Susanne Zwick, Christian Schaub, Tobias Haist, and Wolfgang Osten, "Light fields with an axially expanded intensity distribution for stable three-dimensional optical trapping," Opt. Express 18, 19941-19950 (2010)

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