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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 6 — Mar. 14, 2011
  • pp: 5232–5243

Microparticle movements in optical funnels and pods

José A. Rodrigo, Antonio M. Caravaca-Aguirre, Tatiana Alieva, Gabriel Cristóbal, and María L. Calvo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 5232-5243 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.005232


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Abstract

Three-dimensional microparticle movements induced by laser beams with a funnel- and tubular pod-like structure, in the neighbourhood of the focal plane of an optical trapping setup, are experimentally studied. The funnel and pod beams constructed as coherent superpositions of helical Laguerre-Gaussian modes are synthesized by a computer generated hologram using a phase-only spatial light modulator. Particle tracking is achieved by in-line holography method which allows an accurate position measurement. It is experimentally demonstrated that the trapped particle follows different trajectories depending on the orbital angular momentum density of the beam. In particular applying the proposed pod beam the particle rotates in opposite directions during its movement in the optical trap. Possible applications of these single-beam traps for volumetric optical particle manipulation are discussed.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

History
Original Manuscript: December 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2011
Published: March 4, 2011

Virtual Issues
Vol. 6, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
José A. Rodrigo, Antonio M. Caravaca-Aguirre, Tatiana Alieva, Gabriel Cristóbal, and María L. Calvo, "Microparticle movements in optical funnels and pods," Opt. Express 19, 5232-5243 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-6-5232


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