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Computational toolbox to calculate the dynamics of nanometer-size particles interacting with structured light beams
Author(s): Manuel F. Ferrer-Garcia; Dorilian Lopez-Mago
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Paper Abstract

We study the effects of the optical forces acting on nanoparticles when they are illuminated with structured light. We developed a computational toolbox that calculates optical forces. The results allow us to obtain the trajectory described by the particles depending on their initial conditions and physical properties. As an example, we generate structured light beams by superimposing optical vortices. The resulting beam generates gradient, scattering and curl forces. We show the dynamics of dielectric and metallic nanoparticles. This work may stimulate further research on controlling nanometer-size particles using light beams with space-variant polarization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10723, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XV, 107232I (7 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2320761
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Manuel F. Ferrer-Garcia, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
Dorilian Lopez-Mago, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10723:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XV
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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