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A modular system architecture for agile assembly of nanocomponents using optical tweezers
Author(s): Arvind Balijepalli; Thomas LeBrun; Cedric Gagnon; Yong-Gu Lee; Nicholas Dagalakis
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Paper Abstract

In order to realize the flexibility optical trapping offers as a nanoassembly tool, we need to develop natural and intuitive interfaces to assemble large quantities of nanocomponents quickly and cheaply. We propose a system to create such an interface that is scalable, inter-changeable and modular. Several prototypes are described, starting with simple interfaces that control a single trap in the optical tweezers instrument using a 3-dimensional Phantom haptic device. A networkbased approach is adopted early on, and a modular prototype is then described in detail. In such a design, individual modules developed on different platforms work independently and communicate with each other through a common language interface using the Neutral Messaging Language (NML) communication protocol. A natural user interface is implemented that can be used to create and manipulate traps interactively like in a CAD program. Modules such as image processing and automatic assembly are also added to help simplify routine assembly tasks. Drawing on lessons learned from the prototypes, a new system specification is formulated to better integrate the modules. Finally, conclusions are drawn on the overall viability and future of network-based systems for nanoassembly using optical tweezers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5908, Optical Information Systems III, 59080H (10 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615520
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Arvind Balijepalli, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Thomas LeBrun, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Cedric Gagnon, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Yong-Gu Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
Nicholas Dagalakis, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5908:
Optical Information Systems III
Bahram Javidi; Demetri Psaltis, Editor(s)

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