Generation of reconfigurable optical traps for microparticles spatial manipulation through dynamic split lens inspired light structures


Angel Lizana and Haolin Zhang and Alex Turpin and Albert Van Eeckhout and Fabian A. Torres-Ruiz and Asticio Vargas and Claudio Ramirez and Francesc Pi and Juan Campos


“We present an experimental method, based on the use of dynamic split-lens configurations, useful for the trapping and spatial control of microparticles through the photophoretic force. In particular, the concept of split-lens configurations is exploited to experimentally create customized and reconfigurable three-dimensional light structures, in which carbon coated glass microspheres, with sizes in a range of 63–75 μm, can be captured. The generation of light spatial structures is performed by properly addressing phase distributions corresponding to different split-lens configurations onto a spatial light modulator (SLM). The use of an SLM allows a dynamic variation of the light structures geometry just by modifying few control parameters of easy physical interpretation. We provide some examples in video format of particle trapping processes. What is more, we also perform further spatial manipulation, by controlling the spatial position of the particles in the axial direction, demonstrating the generation of reconfigurable three-dimensional photophoretic traps for microscopic manipulation of absorbing

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Publication: Scientific Reports

Issue/Year/DOI: Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 11263 (2018)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-29540-1