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Advantages of holographic optical tweezers
Author(s): Marcus Reicherter; Jan Liesener; Tobias Haist; Hans J Tiziani
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Paper Abstract

In the last decade optical tweezers became an important tool in microbiology. However, the setup becomes very complex if more than one trap needs to be moved. Holographic tweezers offer a very simple and cost efficient way of manipulating several traps independently in all three dimensions with an accuracy of less 100 nm. No mechanically moving parts are used therefore making them less vulnerable to vibration. They use computer-generated holograms (CGHs) written into a spatial light modulator (SLM) to control the position of each trap in space and to manipulate their shape. The ability to change the shape of the optical trap makes it possible to adapt the light field to a specific particle shape or in the case of force measurements to adjust the trapping potential. Furthermore the SLM can be used to correct for aberrations within the optical setup.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5143, Novel Optical Instrumentation for Biomedical Applications, (14 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.499556
Show Author Affiliations
Marcus Reicherter, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Jan Liesener, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Tobias Haist, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Hans J Tiziani, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5143:
Novel Optical Instrumentation for Biomedical Applications
Albert-Claude Boccara, Editor(s)

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