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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 9 — Oct. 3, 2011

Optical trapping through the localized surface-plasmon resonance of engineered gold nanoblock pairs

Yoshito Tanaka and Keiji Sasaki  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17462-17468 (2011)

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We have investigated the plasmonic trapping of dielectric nanoparticles by using engineered gold nanoblock pairs with ~5-nm gaps. Pairs with surface-plasmon resonance peaks at the incident wavelength allow the trapping of 350-nm-diameter nanoparticles with 200 W/cm2 laser intensities, and their plasmon resonance properties and trapping performance are drastically modified by varying the nanoblock size of ~20%. In addition, plasmon resonance properties of nanoblock pairs strongly depend on the direction of the linear polarization of the incident laser, which determines the trapping performance.

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OCIS Codes
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: June 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2011
Published: August 22, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Yoshito Tanaka and Keiji Sasaki, "Optical trapping through the localized surface-plasmon resonance of engineered gold nanoblock pairs," Opt. Express 19, 17462-17468 (2011)

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