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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 6509–6518

Selective photodeposition of zinc nanoparticles on the core of a single-mode optical fiber

J. G. Ortega-Mendoza, F. Chávez, P. Zaca-Morán, C. Felipe, G. F. Pérez-Sánchez, G. Beltran-Pérez, O. Goiz, and R. Ramos-Garcia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 6509-6518 (2013)

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An experimental and theoretical study about selective photodeposition of metallic zinc nanoparticles onto an optical fiber end is presented. It is well known that metallic nanoparticles possess a high absorption coefficient and therefore trapping and manipulation is more challenging than dielectric particles. Here, we demonstrate a novel trapping mechanism that involves laser-induced convection flow (due to heat transfer from the zinc particles) that partially compensates both absorption and scattering forces in the vicinity of the fiber end. The gradient force is too small and plays no role on the deposition process. The interplay of these forces produces selective deposition of particles whose size is directly controlled by the laser power. In addition, a novel trapping mechanism termed convective-optical trapping is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(350.5340) Other areas of optics : Photothermal effects
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: September 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2012
Published: March 8, 2013

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J. G. Ortega-Mendoza, F. Chávez, P. Zaca-Morán, C. Felipe, G. F. Pérez-Sánchez, G. Beltran-Pérez, O. Goiz, and R. Ramos-Garcia, "Selective photodeposition of zinc nanoparticles on the core of a single-mode optical fiber," Opt. Express 21, 6509-6518 (2013)

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