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Optical binding of nanowires in counterpropagating beams
Author(s): Stephen H. Simpson; Philip H. Jones; Onofrio M. Maragò; Simon Hanna; Mervyn J. Miles
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Paper Abstract

We present a computational model for the simulation of optically interacting nano-structures immersed in a viscous fluid. In this scheme, nanostructures are represented by aggregates of small spheres. All optical and hydrodynamic interactions, including thermal fluctuations, are included. As an example, we consider optical binding of dielectric nanowires in counterpropagating plane waves. In particular, the formation of stable, ladder like structures, is demonstrated. In these arrangements, each nanowire lies parallel to the polarization direction of the beams, with their centres of mass colinear.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8810, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X, 881026 (12 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024466
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Stephen H. Simpson, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
Philip H. Jones, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Onofrio M. Maragò, CNR-IPCF (Italy)
Simon Hanna, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
Mervyn J. Miles, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8810:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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