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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 6 — May. 25, 2012

Assembling of three-dimensional crystals by optical depletion force induced by a single focused laser beam

Hai-Dong Deng, Guang-Can Li, Hai-Ying Liu, Qiao-Feng Dai, Li-Jun Wu, Sheng Lan, Achanta Venu Gopal, Vyacheslav A. Trofimov, and Tatiana M. Lysak  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9616-9623 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.009616


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Abstract

We proposed a method to assemble microspheres into a three-dimensional crystal by utilizing the giant nonequilibrium depletion force produced by nanoparticles. Such assembling was demonstrated in a colloid formed by suitably mixing silica microspheres and magnetic nanoparticles. The giant nonequilibrium depletion force was generated by quickly driving magnetic nanoparticles out of the focusing region of a laser light through both optical force and thermophoresis. The thermophoretic binding of silica beads is so tight that a colloidal photonic crystal can be achieved after complete evaporation of solvent. This technique could be employed for fabrication of colloidal photonic crystals and molecular sieves.

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OCIS Codes
(350.5340) Other areas of optics : Photothermal effects
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

History
Original Manuscript: February 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 4, 2012
Published: April 12, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Hai-Dong Deng, Guang-Can Li, Hai-Ying Liu, Qiao-Feng Dai, Li-Jun Wu, Sheng Lan, Achanta Venu Gopal, Vyacheslav A. Trofimov, and Tatiana M. Lysak, "Assembling of three-dimensional crystals by optical depletion force induced by a single focused laser beam," Opt. Express 20, 9616-9623 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-9-9616


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