Optical Trapping and Manipulation|1 Article(s)
All-optical manipulation of micrometer-sized metallic particles
Yuquan Zhang, Xiujie Dou, Yanmeng Dai, Xianyou Wang, Changjun Min, and Xiaocong Yuan
Optical traps use focused laser beams to generate forces on targeted objects ranging in size from nanometers to micrometers. However, for their high coefficients of scattering and absorption, micrometer-sized metallic particles were deemed non-trappable in three dimensions using a single beam. This barrier is now removed. We demonstrate, both in theory and experiment, three-dimensional (3D) dynamic all-optical manipulations of micrometer-sized gold particles under high focusing conditions. The force of gravity is found to balance the positive axial optical force exerted on particles in an inverted optical tweezers system to form two trapping positions along the vertical direction. Both theoretical and experimental results confirm that stable 3D manipulations are achievable for these particles regardless of beam polarization and wavelength. The present work opens up new opportunities for a variety of in-depth research requiring metallic particles.
Photonics Research
  • Publication Date: Jan. 16, 2018
  • Vol. 6, Issue 2, 02000066 (2018)