Aberration correction in holographic optical tweezers

Author(s): Kurt D. Wulff, Daniel G. Cole, Robert L. Clark, Roberto DiLeonardo, Jonathan Leach, Jon Cooper, Graham Gibson, and Miles J. Padgett

Abstract:

“Holographic or diffractive optical components are widely implemented using spatial light modulators within optical tweezers to form multiple, and/or modified traps. We show that by further modifying the hologram design to account for residual aberrations, the fidelity of the focused beams can be significantly improved, quantified by a spot sharpness metric. However, the impact this improvement has on the quality of the optical trap depends upon the particle size. For particle diameters on the order of 1 µm, aberration correction can improve the trap performance metric, which is the ratio of the mean square displacement of a corrected trap to an uncorrected trap, in excess of 25%, but for larger particles the trap performance is not unduly affected by the aberrations typically encountered in commercial spatial light modulators.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 9, pp. 4169-4174, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/OE.14.004169

Holographic optical trapping of aerosol droplets

Author(s): D. R. Burnham and D. McGloin

Abstract:

“We demonstrate the use of holographic optical tweezers for trapping particles in air, specifically aerosol droplets. We show the trapping and manipulation of arrays of liquid aerosols as well as the controlled coagulation of two or more droplets. We discuss the ability of spatial light modulators to manipulate airborne droplets in real time as well as highlight the difficulties associated with loading and trapping particles in such an environment. We conclude with a discussion of some of the applications of such a technique.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 9, pp. 4175-4181, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/OE.14.004175

Fast generation of holographic optical tweezers by random mask encoding of Fourier components

Author(s): Mario Montes-Usategui, Encarnación Pleguezuelos, Jordi Andilla, and Estela Martín-Badosa

Abstract:

“The random mask encoding technique of multiplexing phase-only filters can be easily adapted to the generation of holographic optical tweezers. The result is a direct, non-iterative and extremely fast algorithm that can be used for computing arbitrary arrays of optical traps. Additional benefits include the possibility of modifying any existing hologram to quickly add more trapping sites and the inexistence of ghost traps or replicas.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pp. 2101-2107, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/OE.14.002101

Highly efficient phase-conjugation of a 1 µm pico-second Laguerre-Gaussian beam

Author(s): Gyeong Bok Jung, Keiichiro Kanaya, and Takashige Omatsu

Abstract:

“We have demonstrated highly efficient Laguerre Gaussian beam generation by using a ring self-pumped phase conjugate mirror in the pico-second regime for the first time. The phase conjugate reflectivity was typically ~55%. We have also investigated the conservation of optical angular momentum.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pp. 2250-2255, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/OE.14.002250

Fast digital hologram generation and adaptive force measurement in liquid-crystal-display-based holographic tweezers

Author(s): Marcus Reicherter, Susanne Zwick, Tobias Haist, Christian Kohler, Hans Tiziani, and Wolfgang Osten

Abstract:

“Computer-generated holograms in conjunction with spatial light modulators (SLMs) offer a way to dynamically generate holograms that are adapted to specific tasks. To use the full dynamic capability of the SLM, the hologram computation should be very fast. We present a method that uses the highly parallel architecture of a consumer graphics board to compute analytical holograms in video real time. A precice characterization of the SLM (Holoeye LC-R-2500) and the adaption of its settings to our near-infrared application is necessary to guarantee an efficient hologram reconstruction. The benefits of a fast computation of adapted holograms and the application of an efficient SLM are demonstrated by measuring the trapping forces of holographic tweezers.”

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Publication: Applied Optics
Issue/Year: Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 5, pp. 888-896, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/AO.45.000888

Interactive approach to optical tweezers control

Author(s): Jonathan Leach, Kurt Wulff, Gavin Sinclair, Pamela Jordan, Johannes Courtial, Laura Thomson, Graham Gibson, Kayode Karunwi, Jon Cooper, Zsolt John Laczik, and Miles Padgett

Abstract:

“We have developed software with an interactive user interface that can be used to generate phase holograms for use with spatial light modulators. The program utilizes different hologram design techniques, allowing the user to select an appropriate algorithm. The program can be used to generate multiple beams and can be used for beam steering. We see a major application of the program to be in optical tweezers to control the position, number, and type of optical traps.”

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Publication: Applied Optics
Issue/Year: Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 5, pp. 897-903, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/AO.45.000897

Residue orbital angular momentum in interferenced double vortex beams with unequal topological charges

Author(s): S. H. Tao, X.-C. Yuan, J. Lin, and R. E. Burge

Abstract:

“When two vortex beams with unequal topological charges superpose coherently, orbital angular momentum (OAM) in the two beams would not be cancelled out completely in the interference. The residual OAMs contained by the superposed beam are located at different concentric rings and may have opposite orientations owing to the difference of the charges. The residual OAM can be confirmed by the rotation of microparticles when difference between the charges of two interfering beams is large.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 535-541, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/OPEX.14.000535

Dynamic closed-loop system for focus tracking using a spatial light modulator and a deformable membrane mirror

Author(s): Amanda J. Wright, Brett A. Patterson, Simon P. Poland, John M. Girkin, Graham M. Gibson, and Miles J. Padgett

Abstract:

“A dynamic closed-loop method for focus tracking using a spatial light modulator and a deformable membrane mirror within a confocal microscope is described. We report that it is possible to track defocus over a distance of up to 80 µm with an RMS precision of 57 nm. For demonstration purposes we concentrate on defocus, although in principle the method applies to any wavefront shape or aberration that can be successfully reproduced by the deformable membrane mirror and spatial light modulator, for example, spherical aberration.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 222-228, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/OPEX.14.000222

Collinear superposition of multiple helical beams generated by a single azimuthally modulated phase-only element

Author(s): J. Lin, X.-C. Yuan, S. H. Tao, and R. E. Burge

Abstract:

“We propose a highly efficient approach to generating multihelix beams that contain more than one helical mode, and the power distribution over helical modes is adjustable. A multihelix beam embedded with three collinear helical modes is demonstrated by use of a spatial light modulator.”

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Publication: Optics Letters
Issue/Year: Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 24, pp. 3266-3268, 2006
DOI: 10.1364/OL.30.003266

Fractional optical vortex beam induced rotation of particles

Author(s): S. Tao, X-C. Yuan, J. Lin, X. Peng, and H. Niu

Abstract:

“We experimentally demonstrate optical rotation and manipulation of microscopic particles by use of optical vortex beams with fractional topological charges, namely fractional optical vortex beams, which are coupled in an optical tweezers system. Like the vortex beams with integer topological charges, the fractional optical vortex beams are also capable of rotating particles induced by the transfer of orbital angular momentum. However, the unique radial opening (low-intensity gap) in the intensity ring encompassing the dark core, due to the fractional nature of the beam, hinders the rotation significantly. The fractional vortex beams orbital angular momentum and radial opening are exploited to guide and transport microscopic particles.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 20, pp. 7726-7731, 2005
DOI: 10.1364/OPEX.13.007726