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WOW: light print, light propel, light point
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Paper Abstract

We are presenting so-called Wave-guided Optical Waveguides (WOWs) fabricated by two-photon polymerization and capable of being optically manipulated into any arbitrary orientation. By integrating optical waveguides into the structures we have created freestanding waveguides which can be positioned anywhere in a sample at any orientation using real-time 3D optical micromanipulation with six degrees of freedom. One of the key aspects of our demonstrated WOWs is the change in direction of in-coupled light and the marked increase in numerical aperture of the out-coupled light. Hence, each light propelled WOW can tap from a relatively broad incident beam and generate a much more tightly confined light at its tip. The presentation contains both numerical simulations related to the propagation of light through a WOW and preliminary experimental demonstrations on our BioPhotonics Workstation. In a broader context, this research shows that optically trapped micro-fabricated structures can potentially help bridge the diffraction barrier. This structure-mediated paradigm may be carried forward to open new possibilities for exploiting beams from far-field optics down to the sub-wavelength domain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8458, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IX, 84581W (10 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930826
Show Author Affiliations
Jesper Glückstad, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Andrew Bañas, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Thomas Aabo, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Darwin Palima, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8458:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IX
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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