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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2004
  • pp: 2136–2138

Trapping cavitation bubbles with a self-focused laser beam

Jing Yong Ye, Guoqing Chang, Theodore B. Norris, Christine Tse, Marwa J. Zohdy, Kyle W. Hollman, Matthew O'Donnell, and James R. Baker, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 18, pp. 2136-2138 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.002136


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Abstract

We observed that laser-induced cavitation bubbles in water can be trapped in a self-focused laser beam. Both optical imaging and acoustic detection have been utilized to confirm bubble trapping. Transverse and longitudinal trapping forces were measured to be as large as 87 and 11 pN, respectively. This result is contrary to conventional wisdom, since the mechanism of trapping in conventional optical tweezers implies that a low-index particle (a bubble being the limiting case) should be antitrapped.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

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Jing Yong Ye, Guoqing Chang, Theodore B. Norris, Christine Tse, Marwa J. Zohdy, Kyle W. Hollman, Matthew O'Donnell, and James R. Baker, Jr., "Trapping cavitation bubbles with a self-focused laser beam," Opt. Lett. 29, 2136-2138 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-18-2136

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