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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 11 — Nov. 13, 2006

Volumetric imaging of holographic optical traps

Yohai Roichman, Ilias Cholis, and David G. Grier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 10907-10912 (2006)

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The holographic optical trapping technique creates arbitrary three-dimensional configurations of optical traps, each with individually specified characteristics. Holographic modification of the individual traps’ wavefronts can transform conventional point-like optical tweezers into traps with different structures and properties, and can position them independently in three dimensions. Here, we describe a technique for rapidly characterizing holographic optical traps’ three-dimensional intensity distributions. We create volumetric representations by by holographically translating the traps through the optical train’s focal plane, acquiring a stack of two-dimensional images in the process. We apply this technique to holographic line traps, which are used to create tailored one-dimensional potential energy landscapes for mesoscopic objects. These measurements highlight problems that can arise when projecting extended traps with conventional optics and demonstrates the effectiveness of shape-phase holography for creating nearly ideal line traps.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping

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Original Manuscript: September 25, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2006
Published: October 30, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Yohai Roichman, Ilias Cholis, and David G. Grier, "Volumetric imaging of holographic optical traps," Opt. Express 14, 10907-10912 (2006)

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