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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 11 — Aug. 25, 2010

Stable trapping and manually controlled rotation of an asymmetric or birefringent microparticle using dual-mode split-beam optical tweezers

Fang-Wen Sheu, Tzu-Kai Lan, Yu-Chung Lin, Shiung Chen, and Chyung Ay  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 14, pp. 14724-14729 (2010)

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Inserting a coverslip into half of a Gaussian laser beam at a suitable tilting angle can make the single-mode laser beam become closely spaced dual light spots at the laser focus. In this way, we can reform the conventional single-beam optical tweezers easily and construct a set of dual-mode split-beam optical tweezers, which can be used to manually rotate a trapped and twisted red blood cell around the optical axis. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the split-beam optical tweezers can also stably trap and orient a birefringent polystyrene micro strip particle, which otherwise will self rotate at a varying speed along the structural principal axes, fast spin about the optical axis in a tilting pose, or precess like a gyroscope, in the original linearly polarized single-beam optical tweezers.

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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

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: April 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 14, 2010
Published: June 24, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Fang-Wen Sheu, Tzu-Kai Lan, Yu-Chung Lin, Shiung Chen, and Chyung Ay, "Stable trapping and manually controlled rotation of an asymmetric or birefringent microparticle using dual-mode split-beam optical tweezers," Opt. Express 18, 14724-14729 (2010)

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