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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 13 — Jun. 18, 2012
  • pp: 14371–14379

Bright and dark helices of light

Ole Steuernagel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 13, pp. 14371-14379 (2012)

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Laser beams can be made to form bright and dark intensity helices of light. Such helices have a pitch length on the order of a wavelength and may have applications in lithography and the manipulation of particles through optical forces. The formation of bright helices is more strongly constrained by optical resolution limits than that of dark helices, corresponding scaling laws are derived and their relevance for photo-lithography pointed out. It is shown how to arrange dark helices on a grid in massively parallel fashion in order to create handed materials using photo-lithographic techniques.

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OCIS Codes
(220.3740) Optical design and fabrication : Lithography
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(110.4235) Imaging systems : Nanolithography

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2012
Published: June 12, 2012

Ole Steuernagel, "Bright and dark helices of light," Opt. Express 20, 14371-14379 (2012)

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