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  • 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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.002767


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Abstract

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.

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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

History
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

Citation
Chuji Wang, Yong-Le Pan, and Mark Coleman, "Experimental observation of particle cones formed by optical trapping," Opt. Lett. 39, 2767-2770 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-9-2767


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