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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2270–2272

Real-time three-dimensional optical micromanipulation of multiple particles and living cells

Peter John Rodrigo, Vincent Ricardo Daria, and Jesper Glückstad  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 19, pp. 2270-2272 (2004)

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Counterpropagating light fields provide a stationary optical potential well for a Brownian particle. Introducing variability in the relative strengths of the counterpropagating beams allows us to create a more general configuration—the optical elevator. An optical elevator dynamically controls the axial location of the potential minimum where the particle finds a stable equilibrium position. We describe the implementation of multiple real-time reconfigurable optical elevators with the generalized phase contrast method for dynamic manipulation of polystyrene spheres and yeast cells S. cerevisiae in three dimensions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Peter John Rodrigo, Vincent Ricardo Daria, and Jesper Glückstad, "Real-time three-dimensional optical micromanipulation of multiple particles and living cells," Opt. Lett. 29, 2270-2272 (2004)

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