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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2832–2834

Light spin forces in optical traps: comment on “Trapping metallic Rayleigh particles with radial polarization”

Ignacio Iglesias and Juan José Sáenz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2832-2834 (2012)

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An incomplete modeling of the scattering forces on a Rayleigh particle without taking into account the light spin forces in “Trapping metallic Rayleigh particles with radial polarization” by Q. Zhan, leads to erroneous statements on the advantages of using radial polarization to trap metallic particles.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: December 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2012
Published: January 23, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ignacio Iglesias and Juan José Sáenz, "Light spin forces in optical traps: comment on “Trapping metallic Rayleigh particles with radial polarization”," Opt. Express 20, 2832-2834 (2012)

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