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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 3 — Feb. 29, 2012

Optimized free-form optical trapping systems

Andreas Oeder, Sebastian Stoebenau, and Stefan Sinzinger  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 2, pp. 274-276 (2012)

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We report a comprehensive process for designing and prototyping new and optimized optical trapping systems. A combination of traditional lens design strategies, simulation of optical forces, and high-end ultraprecision machining of optical free-form surfaces is applied to the realization of a highly specialized optical trapping system. The resulting compact and lightweight optical modules potentially open new classes of applications for optical manipulation. As an example we present a customized 3D trapping module made of a single piece of polymethylmethacrylate, with a large working distance of 650 μm .

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(220.1920) Optical design and fabrication : Diamond machining
(080.4225) Geometric optics : Nonspherical lens design
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2011
Published: January 13, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Andreas Oeder, Sebastian Stoebenau, and Stefan Sinzinger, "Optimized free-form optical trapping systems," Opt. Lett. 37, 274-276 (2012)

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