Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
|Title||VERTICAL EXTERNAL CAVITY SURFACE EMITTING LASERS (VECSELS) II|
|Place of publication||BELLINGHAM|
|Publisher||SPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Number of pages||7|
|Conference||SPIE Photonics West 2012: Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) II|
|Period||23/01/12 → 24/01/12|
We present an overview of recent advances in generation of non-diffracting (Bessel) beams from surface-emitting lasers, such as electrically and optically pumped VECSELs, and discuss their applications in optical trapping/tweezing and manipulation of micromachines. Our experiments on VECSEL-generated watt power level Bessel beams with central lobe diameters of a few to tens micrometers suggest that the semiconductor surface-emitting lasers are the best candidates for replacement of gas and solid-state counterparts for power-demanding applications in optical manipulation.