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  • Vol. 4, Iss. 5 — May. 5, 2009

Force mapping of an extended light pattern in an inclined plane: Deterministic regime

Alejandro V. Arzola, Karen Volke-Sepúlveda, and José L. Mateos  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3429-3440 (2009)

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We present a full quantitative mapping of the non-linear optical trapping force associated to an extended interference pattern of fringes as a function of the position. To map this force, we studied the dynamics of microscopic spherical beads of different sizes (8, 10 and 14.5 microns in diameter) moving through the light pattern. For this range of particle sizes, the system is overdamped due to the viscous drag and the effect of thermal noise is negligible. The novel experimental approach consists in tilting the sample cell a small angle with respect to the horizontal, thus we have a deterministic particle in an inclined plane. The combined action of the optical force and gravity gives rise to a washboard potential. We compared our experimental results with a ray optics model and found a good quantitative agreement. For each size of the microsphere we studied different spatial periods of the interference fringes.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Tweezers or Optical Manipulation

Original Manuscript: December 16, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2009
Published: February 19, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Alejandro V. Arzola, Karen Volke-Sepúlveda, and José L. Mateos, "Force mapping of an extended light pattern in an inclined plane: Deterministic regime," Opt. Express 17, 3429-3440 (2009)

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