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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2006
  • pp: 3378–3380

Passive guiding and sorting of small particles with optical binding forces

Tomasz M. Grzegorczyk, Brandon A. Kemp, and Jin Au Kong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 22, pp. 3378-3380 (2006)

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We demonstrate the possibility of serially guiding and sorting nanometer-sized particles without the use of any external control. The working principle is based on an equilibrium between scattering and binding forces, the latter depending on the properties of the particles. A configuration is proposed that utilizes this property and is shown to efficiently sort small particles as function of their size.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 11, 2006
Published: October 26, 2006

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Tomasz M. Grzegorczyk, Brandon A. Kemp, and Jin Au Kong, "Passive guiding and sorting of small particles with optical binding forces," Opt. Lett. 31, 3378-3380 (2006)

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