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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 20 — Sep. 27, 2010
  • pp: 21053–21061

Optical trapping and propulsion of red blood cells on waveguide surfaces

Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia, Peter McCourt, Thomas Huser, and Olav Gaute Hellesø  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 20, pp. 21053-21061 (2010)

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We have studied optical trapping and propulsion of red blood cells in the evanescent field of optical waveguides. Cell propulsion is found to be highly dependent on the biological medium and serum proteins the cells are submerged in. Waveguides made of tantalum pentoxide are shown to be efficient for cell propulsion. An optical propulsion velocity of up to 6 µm/s on a waveguide with a width of ~6 µm is reported. Stable optical trapping and propulsion of cells during transverse flow is also reported.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(160.3130) Materials : Integrated optics materials
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: June 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2010
Published: September 21, 2010

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Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia, Peter McCourt, Thomas Huser, and Olav Gaute Hellesø, "Optical trapping and propulsion of red blood cells on waveguide surfaces," Opt. Express 18, 21053-21061 (2010)

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