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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 9 — Oct. 3, 2011

Trapping and guiding microparticles with morphing autofocusing Airy beams

Peng Zhang, Jai Prakash, Ze Zhang, Matthew S. Mills, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 15, pp. 2883-2885 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002883


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Abstract

We observe optical trapping and manipulation of dielectric microparticles using autofocusing radially symmetric Airy beams. This is accomplished by exploiting either the inward or outward transverse acceleration associated with their chirped wavefronts. We experimentally demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, that such Airy beams morph into nondiffracting Bessel beams in their far-field. Furthermore, the ability of guiding and transporting microparticles along the primary rings of this class of beams is explored.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: May 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 23, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 23, 2011
Published: July 25, 2011

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

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Peng Zhang, Jai Prakash, Ze Zhang, Matthew S. Mills, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen, "Trapping and guiding microparticles with morphing autofocusing Airy beams," Opt. Lett. 36, 2883-2885 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-15-2883


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