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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 6 — Jun. 13, 2006

Holographic optical trapping of aerosol droplets

D. R. Burnham and D. McGloin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 9, pp. 4175-4181 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.004175


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Abstract

We demonstrate the use of holographic optical tweezers for trapping particles in air, specifically aerosol droplets. We show the trapping and manipulation of arrays of liquid aerosols as well as the controlled coagulation of two or more droplets. We discuss the ability of spatial light modulators to manipulate airborne droplets in real time as well as highlight the difficulties associated with loading and trapping particles in such an environment. We conclude with a discussion of some of the applications of such a technique.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Trapping

History
Original Manuscript: March 31, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2006
Published: May 1, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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D. R. Burnham and D. McGloin, "Holographic optical trapping of aerosol droplets," Opt. Express 14, 4175-4181 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-9-4175


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