Author(s): Alexander Jesacher, Christian Maurer, Severin Fuerhapter, Andreas Schwaighofer, Stefan Bernet, Monika Ritsch-Marte


“We propose a non-holographic method to create line traps of arbitrary shape in the sample plane. Setting the phase gradient along theses lines gives control over the transverse forces acting on the confined particles. Phase structures, displayed on a spatial light modulator, are optically processed by a spiral phase filter and imaged onto the object plane of a microscope objective. The resulting bright line structures can be used to trap microparticles. Additionally, they exert transverse scattering forces, which can be exploited for inducing orbital motions or for creating “attracting” or “repelling” points, respectively. We give theoretical and experimental evidence that these scattering forces are proportional to the curvature of the line tweezers.”

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Publication:Optics Communications
Issue/Year: Optics Communications, Volume 281, Issue 8, 15 April 2008, Pages 2207-2212
DOI: 10.1016/j.optcom.2007.12.042