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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 14, 2013
  • pp: 102–111

Simultaneous rotation, orientation and displacement control of birefringent microparticles in holographic optical tweezers

A. Arias, S. Etcheverry, P. Solano, J. P. Staforelli, M. J. Gallardo, H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop, and C. Saavedra  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 102-111 (2013)

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We report the experimental implementation of a new method for generating multiple dynamical optical tweezers, where each one of them is generated with an independent linear polarization state with arbitrary orientation. This also allows an independent simultaneous polarization-rotation control. The laser beam, both for generating multiple traps and polarization control, has been modulated using a single reflective nematic liquid crystal with parallel alignment. We present experimental results of controlled displacement, orientation and rotation of birefringent particles. In addition, a simple method for estimating and canceling out the primary astigmatism present in the system is presented.

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OCIS Codes
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: October 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 29, 2012
Published: January 2, 2013

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A. Arias, S. Etcheverry, P. Solano, J. P. Staforelli, M. J. Gallardo, H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop, and C. Saavedra, "Simultaneous rotation, orientation and displacement control of birefringent microparticles in holographic optical tweezers," Opt. Express 21, 102-111 (2013)

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