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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Generalized phase contrast-enhanced diffractive coupling to light-driven microtools

Paper Abstract

We have previously demonstrated on-demand dynamic coupling to optically manipulated microtools coined as wave-guided optical waveguides using diffractive techniques on a “point and shoot” approach. These microtools are extended microstructures fabricated using two-photon photopolymerization and function as free-floating optically trapped waveguides. Dynamic coupling of focused light via these structures being moved in three-dimensional space is done holographically. However, calculating the necessary holograms is not straightforward when using counter-propagating trapping geometry. The generation of the coupling spots is done in real time following the position of each microtool with the aid of an object tracking routine. This approach allows continuous coupling of light through the microtools which can be useful in a variety of biophotonics applications. To complement the targeted-light delivery capability of the microtools, the applied spatial light modulator has been illuminated with a properly matched input beam cross section based on the generalized phase contrast method. Our results show a significant gain in the output at the tip of each microtool as measured from the fluorescence signal of the trapping medium. The ability to switch from on-demand to continuous addressing with efficient illumination leverages our microtools for potential applications in stimulation and near-field-based biophotonics on cellular scales.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 54(11) 111308 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.54.11.111308
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 54, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Villangca, DTU Fotonik (Denmark)
Andrew R. Bañas, OptoRobotix ApS (Denmark)
Darwin Palima, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Jesper Glückstad, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
OptoRobotix ApS (Denmark)

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