Optical trapping and spectral analysis of aerosols with a supercontiuum laser source

M. Guillon, K. Dholakia, D. McGloin

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    We report on the optical trapping of water droplets with a supercontinuum laser source. Droplet size is determined by observing the spectrum of the on-axis backscattered light. In contrast to to monochromatic trapping, the broad spectrum of the supercontinuum covers several resonances of the first excited Mie coefficients. A minimum value of Q similar to 0.16 for the trapping efficiency is estimated. (C) 2008 Optical Society of America.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7655-7664
    Number of pages10
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2008


    • Aerosols
    • Computer Simulation
    • Computer-Aided Design
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Equipment Design
    • Equipment Failure Analysis
    • Models, Theoretical
    • Optical Tweezers
    • Spectrum Analysis
    • Water

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