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Visualization of optical binding
Author(s): N. K. Metzger; W. Sibbett; E. M. Wright; Kishan Dholakia
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Paper Abstract

At the microscopic scale, the light matter interaction may organize colloidal matter due to a process known as optical binding. Optical binding has now been established as an important issue for the assembly of colloidal matter by light. In the paper we investigate one dimensional optically bound matter of microscopic objects. We develop a dual beam optical fiber trap using a femtosecond laser where the peak power permits us to use two-photon excitation within the host medium. In this trap we can visualize the field distribution in an optical bound array. A numerical model is presented which provides a comparison between theory and experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6326, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation III, 63262P (11 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.679839
Show Author Affiliations
N. K. Metzger, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
W. Sibbett, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
E. M. Wright, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Kishan Dholakia, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6326:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation III
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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