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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 1999
  • pp: 936–938

Optical forces on microparticles in an evanescent laser field

Marcelo Lester and Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 14, pp. 936-938 (1999)

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We present a theory based on an exact calculation of the radiation forces on a microsized particle illuminated by evanescent waves created under total internal reflection in a flat substrate. The influence of the proximity of this interface to the particle is analyzed by a numerical simulation that addresses multiple scattering of light between the particle and the dielectric flat surface. We thus give an interpretation of the experimental results of Kawata and Sugiura [Opt. Lett. 17, 772 (1992)] and put forward a method that is capable of predicting new effects.

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OCIS Codes
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

Marcelo Lester and Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas, "Optical forces on microparticles in an evanescent laser field," Opt. Lett. 24, 936-938 (1999)

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