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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 1 — Feb. 4, 2013

Acousto-optically generated potential energy landscapes: Potential mapping using colloids under flow

Michael P. N. Juniper, Rut Besseling, Dirk G. A. L. Aarts, and Roel P. A. Dullens  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 27, pp. 28707-28716 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.028707


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Abstract

Optical potential energy landscapes created using acousto-optical deflectors are characterized via solvent-driven colloidal particles. The full potential energy of both single optical traps and complex landscapes composed of multiple overlapping traps are determined using a simple force balance argument. The potential of a single trap is shown to be well described by a Gaussian trap with stiffness found to be consistent with those obtained by a thermal equilibrium method. We also obtain directly the depth of the well, which (as with stiffness) varies with laser power. Finally, various complex systems ranging from double-well potentials to random landscapes are generated from individually controlled optical traps. Predictions of these landscapes as a sum of single Gaussian wells are shown to be a good description of experimental results, offering the potential for fully controlled design of optical landscapes, constructed from single optical traps.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(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:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

History
Original Manuscript: October 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2012
Published: December 10, 2012

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Vol. 8, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Michael P. N. Juniper, Rut Besseling, Dirk G. A. L. Aarts, and Roel P. A. Dullens, "Acousto-optically generated potential energy landscapes: Potential mapping using colloids under flow," Opt. Express 20, 28707-28716 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-27-28707


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