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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 26, 2007

Transverse particle dynamics in a Bessel beam

Graham Milne, Kishan Dholakia, David McGloin, Karen Volke-Sepulveda, and Pavel Zemánek  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 21, pp. 13972-13987 (2007)

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Spatially periodic optical fields can be used to sort dielectric microscopic particles as a function of size, shape or refractive index. In this paper we elucidate through both theory and experiment the behavior of silica microspheres moving under the influence of the periodic optical field provided by a Bessel beam. We compare two different computational models, one based on Mie scattering, the other on geometrical ray optics and find good qualitative agreement, with both models predicting the existence of distinct size-dependent phases of particle behavior. We verify these predictions by providing experimental observations of the individual behavioral phases.

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OCIS Codes
(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

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Original Manuscript: August 21, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 3, 2007
Published: October 9, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Graham Milne, Kishan Dholakia, David McGloin, Karen Volke-Sepulveda, and Pavel Zemánek, "Transverse particle dynamics in a Bessel beam," Opt. Express 15, 13972-13987 (2007)

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