Particle trapping and conveying using an optical Archimedes’ screw

Author(s):

Barak Hadad and Sahar Froim and Harel Nagar and Tamir Admon and Yaniv Eliezer and Yael Roichman and Alon Bahabad

Abstract:

“Trapping and manipulation of particles using laser beams has become an important tool in diverse fields of research. In recent years, particular interest has been devoted to the problem of conveying optically trapped particles over extended distances either downstream or upstream of the direction of photon momentum flow. Here, we propose and experimentally demonstrate an optical analog of the famous Archimedes’ screw where the rotation of a helical-intensity beam is transferred to the axial motion of optically trapped micrometer-scale, airborne, carbon-based particles. With this optical screw, particles were easily conveyed with controlled velocity and direction, upstream or downstream of the optical flow, over a distance of half a centimeter. Our results offer a very simple optical conveyor that could be adapted to a wide range of optical trapping scenarios.”

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Publication: Optica

Issue/Year/DOI: Optica Vol. 5, Issue 5, pp. 551-556 (2018)

DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.5.000551

 

Experimental demonstration of tunable refractometer based on orbital angular momentum of longitudinally structured light

Author(s):

Dorrah, Ahmed H and Zamboni-Rached, Michel and Mojahedi, Mo

Abstract:

“The index of refraction plays a decisive role in the design and classification of optical materials and devices; therefore, its proper and accurate determination is essential. In most refractive index (RI) sensing schemes, however, there is a trade-off between providing high-resolution measurements and covering a wide range of RIs. We propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel mechanism for sensing the index of refraction of a medium by utilizing the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of structured light. Using a superposition of co-propagating monochromatic higher order Bessel beams with equally spaced longitudinal wavenumbers, in a comb-like setting, we generate nondiffracting rotating light structures in which the orientation of the beam’s intensity profile is sensitive to the RI of the medium (here, a fluid). In principle, the sensitivity of this scheme can exceed ∼ 2700°/RIU with a resolution of ∼ 10-5 RI unit (RIU). Furthermore, we show how the unbounded degrees of freedom associated with OAM can be deployed to offer a wide
dynamic range by generating structured light that evolves into different patterns based on the change in RI. The rotating light structures are generated by a programmable spatial light modulator (SLM). This provides dynamic control over the sensitivity, which
can be tuned to perform coarse or fine measurements of the RI in real time. This, in turn, allows high sensitivity and resolution to be achieved simultaneously over a very wide dynamic range, which is a typical trade-off in all RI sensing schemes. We thus envision that this method will open new directions in refractometry and remote sensing.”

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Publication: Light: Science \& Applications

Issue/Year/DOI: Light: Science & Applications accepted article preview 18 May 2018
DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0034-9

Observing the cell in its native state: Imaging subcellular dynamics in multicellular organisms

Author(s):

Liu, Tsung-Li and Upadhyayula, Srigokul and Milkie, Daniel E. and Singh, Ved and Wang, Kai and Swinburne, Ian A. and Mosaliganti, Kishore R. and Collins, Zach M. and Hiscock, Tom W. and Shea, Jamien and Kohrman, Abraham Q. and Medwig, Taylor N. and Dambournet, Daphne and Forster, Ryan and Cunniff, Brian and Ruan, Yuan and Yashiro, Hanako and Scholpp, Steffen and Meyerowitz, Elliot M. and Hockemeyer, Dirk and Drubin, David G. and Martin, Benjamin L. and Matus, David Q. and Koyama, Minoru and Megason, Sean G. and Kirchhausen, Tom and Betzig, Eric

Abstract:

“True physiological imaging of subcellular dynamics requires studying cells within their parent organisms, where all the environmental cues that drive gene expression, and hence the phenotypes that we actually observe, are present. A complete understanding also requires volumetric imaging of the cell and its surroundings at high spatiotemporal resolution, without inducing undue stress on either. We combined lattice light-sheet microscopy with adaptive optics to achieve, across large multicellular volumes, noninvasive aberration-free imaging of subcellular processes, including endocytosis, organelle remodeling during mitosis, and the migration of axons, immune cells, and metastatic cancer cells in vivo. The technology reveals the phenotypic diversity within cells across different organisms and developmental stages and may offer insights into how cells harness their intrinsic variability to adapt to different physiological environments.”

 

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Publication: Science

Issue/Year/DOI: Science, Vol. 360, Issue 6386, (2018)
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq1392

Generation of optical vortex array along arbitrary curvilinear arrangement

Author(s):

Lin Li and Chenliang Chang and Xiangzheng Yuan and Caojin Yuan and Shaotong Feng and Shouping Nie and Jianping Ding

Abstract:

“We propose an approach for creating optical vortex array (OVA) arranged along arbitrary curvilinear path, based on the coaxial interference of two width-controllable component curves calculated by modified holographic beam shaping technique. The two component curve beams have different radial dimensions as well as phase gradients along each beam such that the number of phase singularity in the curvilinear arranged optical vortex array (CA-OVA) is freely tunable on demand. Hybrid CA-OVA that comprises of multiple OVA structures along different respective curves is also discussed and demonstrated. Furthermore, we study the conversion of CA-OVA into vector mode that comprises of polarization vortex array with varied polarization state distribution. Both simulation and experimental results prove the performance of the proposed method of generating a complex structured vortex array, which is of significance for potential applications including multiple trapping of micro-sized particles.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express, Vol.26, Issue 8, pp. 9798- 9812 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.009798

Lensless Stokes holography with the Hanbury Brown-Twiss approach

Author(s):

Darshika Singh and Rakesh Kumar Singh

Abstract:

“The recording and reconstruction of the Stokes parameter is of paramount importance for the description of the vectorial interference of light. Polarization holography provides a complete vectorial wavefront, however, direct recording and reconstruction of the hologram is not possible in a situation where the object is located behind the random scattering layer. The Stokes holography plays an important role in such situations and makes use of the Fourier transform relation between the Stokes parameters (SPs) at the scattering plane and the generalized Stokes parameters (GSPs) of the random field. In this paper, we propose and experimentally demonstrate the Stokes holography with the Hanbury Brown-Twiss (HBT) interferometer. We also propose and implement a lensless Fourier configuration for the Stokes holography. This permits us to reconstruct the wavefront from the GSPs at any arbitrary distance from the scattering plane. The application of the proposed technique is experimentally demonstrated for the 3D imaging of two different objects lying behind the random scattering medium. Depth information of the 3D objects is obtained by digitally propagating the generalized Stokes parameters to a different longitudinal distance. The quality of the reconstruction is assessed by measuring the overall visibility, efficiency, and PSNR of the reconstruction parameters.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express, Vol. 26, Issue 8, pp. 10801-10812 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.010801

Holographic near-eye display system based on double-convergence light Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm

Author(s):

Peng Sun and Shengqian Chang and Siqi Liu and Xiao Tao and Chang Wang and Zhenrong Zheng

Abstract:

“In this paper, a method is proposed to implement noises reduced three-dimensional (3D) holographic near-eye display by phase-only computer-generated hologram (CGH). The CGH is calculated from a double-convergence light Gerchberg-Saxton (GS) algorithm, in which the phases of two virtual convergence lights are introduced into GS algorithm simultaneously. The first phase of convergence light is a replacement of random phase as the iterative initial value and the second phase of convergence light will modulate the phase distribution calculated by GS algorithm. Both simulations and experiments are carried out to verify the feasibility of the proposed method. The results indicate that this method can effectively reduce the noises in the reconstruction. Field of view (FOV) of the reconstructed image reaches 40 degrees and experimental light path in the 4-f system is shortened. As for 3D experiments, the results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm can present 3D images with 180cm zooming range and continuous depth cues. This method may provide a promising solution in future 3D augmented reality (AR) realization.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express, Vol. 26, Issue 8, pp. 10140- 10151 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.010140

Lateral position correction in ptychography using the gradient of intensity patterns

Author(s):

Priya Dwivedi and Sander Konijnenberg and Silvania Pereira and Paul Urbach

Abstract:

“Ptychography, a form of Coherent Diffractive Imaging, is used with short wavelengths (e.g. X-rays, electron beams) to achieve high-resolution image reconstructions. One of the limiting factors for the reconstruction quality is the accurate knowledge of the illumination probe positions. Recently, many advances have been made to relax the requirement for the probe positions accuracy. Here, we analyse and demonstrate a straightforward approach that can be used to correct the probe positions with sub-pixel accuracy. Simulations and experimental results with visible light are presented in this work.”

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Publication: Ultramicroscopy

Issue/Year/DOI: Ultramicroscopy, Volume 192, September 2018, Pages 29-36
DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2018.04.004

Non-iterative method for phase retrieval and coherence characterization by focus variation using a fixed star-shaped mask

Author(s):

A. P. Konijnenberg and Xingyuan Lu and Leixin Liu and W. M. J. Coene and Chengliang Zhao and H. P. Urbach

Abstract:

“A novel non-iterative phase retrieval method is proposed and demonstrated with a proof-of-principle experiment. The method uses a fixed specially designed mask and through-focus intensity measurements. It is demonstrated that this method is robust to spatial partial coherence in the illumination, making it suitable for coherent diffractive imaging using spatially partially coherent light, as well as for coherence characterization.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express, Vol. 26, Issue 7, pp. 9332- 9343 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.009332

Generation of focal pattern with controllable polarization and intensity for laser beam passing through a multi-mode fiber

Author(s):

Weiru Fan and Xiansheng Hu and Bamao Zhaxi and Ziyang Chen and Jixiong Pu

Abstract:

“Similar to coherent light passing through a scattering medium, the propagation of coherent light through a multi-mode fiber (MMF) will result in a random speckle field. For a non-polarization maintaining MMF, the randomization can be observed not only in the intensity distribution, but also in the polarization state. In this paper, we propose a new technique known as phase combination to control the optical field for the light passing through the MMF. We show that, based on this new technique, the random speckle pattern can be modulated into an intensity distribution of two bright focal spots with mutually perpendicular polarization by only one polarizer. In particular, the intensity distribution of these two focal spots can be quantitatively controlled. This technique may find applications in medical imaging, nonlinear optics and optical communication etc.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express Vol. 26, Issue 6, pp. 7693-7700 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.007693

Spin-orbit interaction of light induced by transverse spin angular momentum engineering

Author(s):

Zengkai Shao and Jiangbo Zhu and Yujie Chen and Yanfeng Zhang and Siyuan Yu

Abstract:

“The investigations on optical angular momenta and their interactions have broadened our knowledge of light’s behavior at sub-wavelength scales. Recent studies further unveil the extraordinary characteristics of transverse spin angular momentum in confined light fields and orbital angular momentum in optical vortices. Here we demonstrate a direct interaction between these two intrinsic quantities of light. By engineering the transverse spin in the evanescent wave of a whispering-gallery-mode-based optical vortex emitter, a spin-orbit interaction is observed in generated vortex beams. Inversely, this unconventional spin-orbit interplay further gives rise to an enhanced spin-direction locking effect in which waveguide modes are unidirectionally excited, with the directionality jointly controlled by the spin and orbital angular momenta states of light. The identification of this previously unknown pathway between the polarization and spatial degrees of freedom of light enriches the spin-orbit interaction phenomena, and can enable various functionalities in applications such as communications and quantum information processing.”

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Publication: Nature Communications

Issue/Year/DOI: Nature Communicationsvolume 9, Article number: 926 (2018)
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03237-5

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