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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 25 — Dec. 16, 2013
  • pp: 30521–30531

Single and dual fiber nano-tip optical tweezers: trapping and analysis

Jean-Baptiste Decombe, Serge Huant, and Jochen Fick  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 25, pp. 30521-30531 (2013)

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An original optical tweezers using one or two chemically etched fiber nano-tips is developed. We demonstrate optical trapping of 1 micrometer polystyrene spheres at optical powers down to 2 mW. Harmonic trap potentials were found in the case of dual fiber tweezers by analyzing the trapped particle position fluctuations. The trap stiffness was deduced using three different models. Consistent values of up to 1 fN/nm were found. The stiffness linearly decreases with decreasing light intensity and increasing fiber tip-to-tip distance.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: November 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2013
Published: December 4, 2013

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Jean-Baptiste Decombe, Serge Huant, and Jochen Fick, "Single and dual fiber nano-tip optical tweezers: trapping and analysis," Opt. Express 21, 30521-30531 (2013)

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