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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 7 — Mar. 26, 2012
  • pp: 7066–7070

Optical trapping with “on-demand” two-photon luminescence using Cr:LiSAF laser with optically addressed saturable Bragg reflector

Vasili G. Savitski, Nikolaus K. Metzger, Stephane Calvez, David Burns, W. Sibbett, and C. T. A. Brown  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 7, pp. 7066-7070 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.007066


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Abstract

We demonstrate a diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF laser with controllable and reliable fast switching between its continuous-wave and mode-locked states of operation using an optically-addressed semiconductor Bragg reflector, permitting dyed microspheres to be continuously trapped and monitored using a standard microscope imaging and on-demand two-photon-excited luminescence techniques.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2012
Published: March 13, 2012

Virtual Issues
Vol. 7, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Modular Ultrafast Lasers (Invited Only) (2012) Optics Express

Citation
Vasili G. Savitski, Nikolaus K. Metzger, Stephane Calvez, David Burns, W. Sibbett, and C. T. A. Brown, "Optical trapping with “on-demand” two-photon luminescence using Cr:LiSAF laser with optically addressed saturable Bragg reflector," Opt. Express 20, 7066-7070 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-7-7066


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