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  • Vol. 4, Iss. 12 — Nov. 10, 2009

Optical mirror trap with a large field of view

Maximilian Pitzek, Ruth Steiger, Gregor Thalhammer, Stefan Bernet, and Monika Ritsch-Marte  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 22, pp. 19414-19423 (2009)

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Holographic optical tweezers typically require microscope objectives with high numerical aperture and thus usually suffer from the disadvantage of a small field of view and a small working distance. We experimentally investigate an optical mirror trap that is created after reflection of two holographically shaped collinear beams on a mirror. This approach combines a large field of view and a large working distance with the possibility to manipulate particles in a large size range, since it allows to use a microscope objective with a numerical aperture as low as 0.2. In this work we demonstrate robust optical three-dimensional trapping in a range of 1 mm×1 mm×2 mm with particle sizes ranging from 1.4 µm up to 45 µm. The use of spatial light modulator based holographic methods to create the trapping beams allows to simultaneously trap many beads in complex, dynamic configurations. We present measurements that characterize the mirror traps in terms of trap stiffness, maximum trapping force and capture range.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: August 28, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2009
Published: October 12, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Maximilian Pitzek, Ruth Steiger, Gregor Thalhammer, Stefan Bernet, and Monika Ritsch-Marte, "Optical mirror trap with a large field of view," Opt. Express 17, 19414-19423 (2009)

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