Shaping the future of manipulation

K. Dholakia, T. Cizmar

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    Abstract

    Optical forces can be used to manipulate biological and colloidal material in a non-contact manner. This forms the foundation of a wealth of exciting science, particularly in the fields of physics, biology and soft condensed matter. Although the standard Gaussian single-beam trap remains a very powerful tool, shaping the phase and amplitude of a light field provides unusual light patterns that add a major new dimension to research into particle manipulation. This Review summarizes the impact and emerging applications of shaped light in the field of optical manipulation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)335-342
    Number of pages8
    JournalNature Photonics
    Volume5
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • SPHERICAL ABERRATIONS
    • RNA-POLYMERASE
    • SCATTERING MEDIA
    • HOLOGRAPHIC OPTICAL TWEEZERS
    • COMPUTER-GENERATED HOLOGRAMS
    • ORBITAL ANGULAR-MOMENTUM
    • WAVE-FRONT CORRECTION
    • MATHIEU BEAMS
    • NEURONAL GROWTH
    • TRAP STIFFNESS

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