San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
11 - 15 August 2019
Conference OP105
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XVI
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Abstract Due:
30 January 2019

Author Notification:
8 April 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
17 July 2019

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
  • Ashley R. Carter, Amherst College (United States)
  • Reuven Gordon, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
  • Simon Hanna, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
  • Masud Mansuripur, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
  • James Millen, King's College London (United Kingdom)
  • David C. Moore, Yale Univ. (United States)

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Our conference celebrates, quite generally, the legacy of this year’s Nobel Prize winner, Arthur Ashkin, whose early work on optical trapping has spawned enormous productivity and enhancement of fundamental knowledge across the sciences. This year, we will be having a special set of events to celebrate Ashkin’s Nobel Prize, and call upon those who have worked with him to participate. Optical trapping has deepened our understanding of nano-scale molecular motors, helped unravel the mechanics of DNA and cells, and had far reaching impact on studies of statistical mechanics, soft condensed matter and hydrodynamic interactions. Novel sample syntheses are now providing unusual and powerful systems to manipulate with optical traps. Fundamental studies investigating the nature of the momentum of light offer tantalizing possibilities for harnessing counter-intuitive properties of light-mater interactions. Biological studies of single molecules have been enhanced with the establishment of optical force calibrations which now extend down to the 20 fN range, while optical torques have been calibrated down to 4 fN-microns. New applications continue to appear, for example as optical trapping is fused with other techniques such as Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy. Integrating optical micro-manipulation with microfluidic platforms is a current hot topic in the field. Investigations into particle dynamics on extended optical landscapes offer a uniquely valuable model of thermodynamic systems, and have been examined to study stochastic resonance, crystal nucleation, and optical binding, among others.

Each year this conference draws well over one hundred presentations and an even larger number of participants. The poster sessions take place with sufficient room and degree of refreshment to ensure an excellent level of interaction. Notably, this conference has sustained a truly international character. The proceedings of the conference contains a large collection of relevant papers, making a valuable contribution to the field.

Papers are solicited on (but not restricted to) the following areas:
  • cavity optomechanics
  • high-sensitivity detectors
  • toward (or in) the quantum limit of opto-mechanics
  • optical angular momentum
  • studies of active swimmers/hydrodynamics
  • statistical mechanics of small systems
  • single molecule manipulation and study
  • optically driven microrheology and mechanical properties
  • enhanced sensitivity and resolution of optical force actuators
  • photonic devices for optically induced forces
  • "gonzo" trapping (i.e., trapping at extremes)
  • using the photonic toolbox to study cells and their organelles
  • holographic optical systems: from speckle to studies of neurons
  • optically bound matter
  • optofluidics and optically shaped structures
  • optical manipulation of matter through gaseous media
  • foundations of the electromagnetic theory of force and momentum
  • radiation pressure, tractor beams, and solar sails
  • near-field micromanipulation, plasmonic, and nanoparticle trapping
  • beam shaping and aberation / wavefront correction
  • optical sorting / optical lab-on-a-chip / microfluidics
  • optically manipulated robotics and novel samples
  • nanoscale assembly with optical forces
  • optical tweezers coupled with novel forms of microscopy
  • alternative and hybrid force systems (e.g., hybrid AFM-optical force systems, or combinations with acoustic, magnetic, or other forces)
  • nonlinear optical responses mediated through forces (translation/electrostriction)
  • studies of thermodynamic systems.
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