OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2767–2770

Experimental observation of particle cones formed by optical trapping

Chuji Wang, Yong-Le Pan, and Mark Coleman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 9, pp. 2767-2770 (2014)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (277 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We report on observation of particle cones formed by optical trapping of absorbing particles in air using two sets of simple geometric optical schemes. Further, the trapped particles on a cone in both schemes are size-sorted with large particles or particle ensembles close to the cone vertex. This new experimental observation shows an excellent example of 3D particle trapping between the two extreme cases, photon radiation trapping of nonabsorbing particles and photophoretic trapping of strongly absorbing particles; and the observation may challenge theoretical calculations of the trapping forces applied in this case.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(350.4990) Other areas of optics : Particles
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2014
Published: April 30, 2014

Virtual Issues
Vol. 9, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Chuji Wang, Yong-Le Pan, and Mark Coleman, "Experimental observation of particle cones formed by optical trapping," Opt. Lett. 39, 2767-2770 (2014)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. A. Ashkin, J. M. Dziedzic, J. E. Bjorkholm, and S. Chu, Opt. Lett. 11, 288 (1986). [CrossRef]
  2. D. G. Grier, Nature 424, 810 (2003). [CrossRef]
  3. K. C. Neuman and S. M. Block, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 2787 (2004). [CrossRef]
  4. O. M. Maragòl, P. H. Jones, P. G. Gucciardi, G. Volpe, and A. C. Ferrari, Nat. Nanotechnol. 8, 807 (2013).
  5. R. W. Bowman and M. J. Padgett, Rep. Prog. Phys. 76, 026401 (2013). [CrossRef]
  6. P. J. Rodrigo, V. R. Daria, and J. Glückstad, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 074103 (2005). [CrossRef]
  7. M. Lewittes, S. Arnold, and G. Oster, Appl. Phys. Lett. 40, 455 (1982). [CrossRef]
  8. M. H. Rosen and C. Orr, J. Colloid Sci. 19, 50 (1964). [CrossRef]
  9. A. Ashkin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 24, 156 (1970). [CrossRef]
  10. V. G. Shvedov, A. S. Desyatnikov, A. V. Rode, W. Krolikowski, and Y. S. Kivshar, Opt. Express 17, 5743 (2009). [CrossRef]
  11. V. G. Shvedov, A. V. Rode, Y. V. Izdebskaya, A. S. Desyatnikov, W. Krolikowski, and Y. S. Kivshar, Opt. Express 18, 3137 (2010). [CrossRef]
  12. V. G. Shvedov, A. S. Desyatnikov, A. V. Rode, W. Krolikowski, and Y. S. Kivshar, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 118103 (2010). [CrossRef]
  13. V. G. Shvedov, C. Hnatovsky, N. Shostka, A. V. Rode, and W. Krolikowski, Opt. Lett. 37, 1934 (2012). [CrossRef]
  14. M. Esseling, P. Rose, C. Alpmann, and C. Denz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 131115 (2012). [CrossRef]
  15. Y. L. Pan, S. C. Hill, and M. Coleman, Opt. Express 20, 5325 (2012). [CrossRef]
  16. S. Beresnev, V. Chernyak, and G. Fomyagin, Phys. Fluids A 5, 2043 (1993). [CrossRef]
  17. S. Arnold and M. Lewittes, J. Appl. Phys. 53, 5314 (1982). [CrossRef]
  18. A. S. Desyatnikov, V. G. Shvedov, A. V. Rode, W. Krolikowski, and Y. S. Kivshar, Opt. Express 17, 8201–8211 (2009). [CrossRef]
  19. M. Yang, K. F. Ren, M. Gou, and X. Sheng, Opt. Lett. 38, 1784 (2013). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3.
Fig. 4.

Supplementary Material

» Media 1: AVI (1539 KB)     
» Media 2: AVI (1255 KB)     
» Media 3: AVI (3992 KB)     
» Media 4: AVI (3994 KB)     
» Media 5: AVI (3013 KB)     

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited