San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
1 - 5 August 2021
Conference OP104
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XVIII
Conference Committee
Important Dates
Abstract Due:
3 February 2021
Post-Deadline Submissions are Currently Being Accepted.

Author Notification:
5 April 2021

Manuscript Due Date:
7 July 2021

Additional Conference Information
This conference is currently accepting Post-Deadline Abstracts

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Call for
Long after his retirement, Arthur Ashkin sent a video saying that this conference was a favorite of his and so this year’s conference will include a memorial session dedicated to Art, who was a hero to many of us. So many of us, around the globe, have been absolutely thrilled by the experience of using light to pick things up, move them around, and even assemble them, or interrogate them with exquisite precision. An incredibly broad scientific community has benefitted from his work, and we are all grateful for what Art Ashkin shared with us.

This conference, each year, draws well over one hundred presentations and an even larger number of participants, and is clearly growing. Even so, our poster sessions have been conducted in a manner to ensure an excellent level of interaction and feedback. Notably, this conference has a truly international character. The proceedings of the conference contain a large collection of relevant papers, making a valuable contribution to the field. Early career researchers are especially encouraged and highlighted.

Joint sessions will be planned with the "Emerging Topics in Artificial Intelligence" conference (OP110).

Papers are solicited on (but not restricted to) the following areas:
  • precision measurement, including testing fundamental physics
  • "gonzo" trapping (i.e., trapping at extremes)
  • cavity optomechanics
  • high-sensitivity detectors
  • toward (or in) the quantum limit of opto-mechanics
  • photonic devices for optically induced forces
  • shaping the flow of information: energy and momentum
  • systems with broken symmetry, including optical angular momentum
  • statistical mechanics of small systems
  • virus and single-molecule biophysical studies and technologies
  • using the photonic toolbox to study cells and their organelles
  • studies of dynamical biophysical systems, including active swimmers and hydrodynamics
  • optofluidics and optically shaped structures
  • optically driven microrheology, mechanobiology, and micromechanical properties
  • enhanced sensitivity and resolution of optical force actuators
  • optical manipulation of matter through gaseous media
  • approaches to optical force and momentum measurement
  • radiation pressure, tractor beams, and solar sails
  • near-field micromanipulation, plasmonic, and nanoparticle trapping
  • beam shaping and aberration and wavefront correction
  • optical sorting, optical lab-on-a-chip, and microfluidics
  • optically manipulated robotics and novel samples
  • next-generation fabrication technologies, including nanoscale assembly with optical forces
  • optical tweezers coupled with novel forms of microscopyv
  • 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)
  • optically bound matter
  • holographic optical systems: from speckle to studies of neurons
  • machine learning for designing relevant systems, for particle tracking, and for data analysis.
Conference Committee
Conference Chairs
Program Committee
  • Ashley R. Carter, Amherst College (United States)
  • Reuven Gordon, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
  • Catherine M. Herne, State Univ. of New York at New Paltz (United States)
  • Masud Mansuripur, Wyant College of Optical Sciences (United States)
  • James Millen, King's College London (United Kingdom)
  • David C. Moore, Yale Univ. (United States)

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