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  • Vol. 3, Iss. 10 — Sep. 22, 2008

Collapse of optical binding under secondary irradiation

David L. Andrews and Justo Rodríguez  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 16, pp. 1830-1832 (2008)

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When an optically trapped and bound micrometer-sized chain of particles is subjected to a suitably oriented secondary laser beam above a threshold level of intensity, the structure will collapse. The effect arises from modifications to the interparticle energy landscapes owing to the superposition of optically induced potentials. From the theory it also emerges that, for particles separated by near-field distances, optically induced assemblies may be continuously transformed between linear, spherical, and lamellar forms. The results show scope for the optical fabrication of moldable nanoscale structures.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(190.5890) Nonlinear optics : Scattering, stimulated
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(120.4880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optomechanics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: May 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2008
Published: August 7, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

David L. Andrews and Justo Rodríguez, "Collapse of optical binding under secondary irradiation," Opt. Lett. 33, 1830-1832 (2008)

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