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Properties of oscillating refractive optical wings with one reflective surface
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Paper Abstract

A new modality for optical micromanipulation is under investigation. Optical wings are shaped refractive objects that experience a force and torque owing to the reflection and transmission of uniform light at the object surface. We present wing designs that provide a restoring torque that returns the wing to a source facing orientation while preserving efficient thrust from radiation pressure. The torsional stiffness and orbital period of a set of optical wing cross-sectional shapes are determined from numerical ray-tracing analyses. These results demonstrate the potential to develop an efficient optomechanical device for applications in microbiology and space flight systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8810, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X, 881006 (12 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2027242
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Alexandra B. Artusio-Glimpse, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Grover A. Swartzlander Jr., Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8810:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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