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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 9 — Jul. 6, 2010

Optical trapping of micrometer-sized dielectric particles by cylindrical vector beams

Yuichi Kozawa and Shunichi Sato  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10828-10833 (2010)

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Single-beam optical trapping of micrometer-sized dielectric particles is experimentally demonstrated using radially and azimuthally polarized beams. The axial and transverse optical trapping efficiencies of glass and polystyrene beads suspended in water are measured. The radially polarized beam exhibited the highest trapping efficiency in the axial direction due to the p polarization of the radial polarization on the particle surface. On the other hand, the azimuthally polarized beam had a higher transverse trapping efficiency than the radially polarized beam. These results are consistent with numerical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2010
Published: May 10, 2010

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Yuichi Kozawa and Shunichi Sato, "Optical trapping of micrometer-sized dielectric particles by cylindrical vector beams," Opt. Express 18, 10828-10833 (2010)

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