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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 7 — Aug. 1, 2013

Two dimensional interferometric optical trapping of multiple particles and Escherichia coli bacterial cells using a lensed multicore fiber

Ashleigh L. Barron, Ajoy K. Kar, Thomas J. Aspray, Andrew J. Waddie, Mohammad R. Taghizadeh, and Henry T. Bookey  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13199-13207 (2013)

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Two dimensional interferometric trapping of multiple microspheres and Escherichia coli has been demonstrated using a multicore fiber lensed with an electric arc fusion splicer. Light was coupled evenly into all four cores using a diffractive optical element. The visibility of the fringes and also the appearance of the lattice can be altered by rotating a half wave-plate. As a result the particles can be manipulated from one dimensional trapping to two dimensional trapping or a variety of different two dimensional arrangements. The ability to align bacterial populations has potential application for quorum sensing, floc and biofilm and, metabolic co-operation studies.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: April 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2013
Published: May 23, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ashleigh L. Barron, Ajoy K. Kar, Thomas J. Aspray, Andrew J. Waddie, Mohammad R. Taghizadeh, and Henry T. Bookey, "Two dimensional interferometric optical trapping of multiple particles and Escherichia coli bacterial cells using a lensed multicore fiber," Opt. Express 21, 13199-13207 (2013)

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