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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
  • pp: 16212–16217

Observation of trapping and transporting air-borne absorbing particles with a single optical beam

Ze Zhang, Drake Cannan, Jingjiao Liu, Peng Zhang, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 16212-16217 (2012)

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We demonstrate optical trapping and manipulation of micron-sized absorbing air-borne particles with a single focused Gaussian beam. Transportation of trapped nonspherical particles from one beam to another is realized, and the underlying mechanism for the trapping is discussed by considering the combined action of several forces. By employing a specially-designed optical bottle beam, we observe stable trapping and optical transportation of light-absorbing particles from one container to another that is less susceptible to ambient perturbation.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(010.1030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Absorption

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Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: April 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2012
Published: July 2, 2012

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Ze Zhang, Drake Cannan, Jingjiao Liu, Peng Zhang, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen, "Observation of trapping and transporting air-borne absorbing particles with a single optical beam," Opt. Express 20, 16212-16217 (2012)

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