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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 4 — Apr. 12, 2006

Fast generation of holographic optical tweezers by random mask encoding of Fourier components

Mario Montes-Usategui, Encarnación Pleguezuelos, Jordi Andilla, and Estela Martín-Badosa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pp. 2101-2107 (2006)

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The random mask encoding technique of multiplexing phase-only filters can be easily adapted to the generation of holographic optical tweezers. The result is a direct, non-iterative and extremely fast algorithm that can be used for computing arbitrary arrays of optical traps. Additional benefits include the possibility of modifying any existing hologram to quickly add more trapping sites and the inexistence of ghost traps or replicas.

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(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(100.5090) Image processing : Phase-only filters
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Original Manuscript: January 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 2, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2006
Published: March 20, 2006

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Mario Montes-Usategui, Encarnación Pleguezuelos, Jordi Andilla, and Estela Martín-Badosa, "Fast generation of holographic optical tweezers by random mask encoding of Fourier components," Opt. Express 14, 2101-2107 (2006)

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