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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 3 — Mar. 6, 2014

Modifying the laser beam intensity distribution for obtaining improved strength characteristics of an optical trap

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Rykov and Roman Vasilevich Skidanov  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 2, pp. 156-164 (2014)

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In this article we study modified optical beams used as optical tweezers for guiding biological micro-objects. We mean to achieve more efficient micromanipulation by using crescent intensity distribution. During laboratory experiments to test their theoretical projections we manufactured a diffractive optical element (DOE) to generate the proposed intensity distribution. Experimental estimations are provided for DOE energy efficiency. We conduct both theoretical and experimental studies of the crescent beam trapping strength. It transpires that in some cases crescent-shaped beams are more efficient than more commonly used Gaussian beams.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2013
Published: January 3, 2014

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Vol. 9, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Rykov and Roman Vasilevich Skidanov, "Modifying the laser beam intensity distribution for obtaining improved strength characteristics of an optical trap," Appl. Opt. 53, 156-164 (2014)

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