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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2014
  • pp: 100–103

Manipulation of aerosols revolving in taper-ring optical traps

Fengrui Liu, Zhigang Zhang, Shihua Fu, Yufeng Wei, Teng Cheng, Qingchuan Zhang, and Xiaoping Wu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 100-103 (2014)

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We designed taper-ring optical traps by a weakly focused laser beam through a circular aperture. By railing-like potential barriers, these optical traps are partitioned into enclosed rings, in which irregular light-absorbing microparticles can be driven by photophoretic force to revolve around optical axis in air. The diameter of revolution can reach about 700 μm, which is much larger than that in traditional optical traps based on radiation pressure and gradient force. More importantly, multiple particles were driven to revolve simultaneously in different planes in air for the first reported time to the best of our knowledge.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2013
Published: December 20, 2013

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Fengrui Liu, Zhigang Zhang, Shihua Fu, Yufeng Wei, Teng Cheng, Qingchuan Zhang, and Xiaoping Wu, "Manipulation of aerosols revolving in taper-ring optical traps," Opt. Lett. 39, 100-103 (2014)

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