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Optical trapping mechanisms based on optothermal Marangoni effect
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Paper Abstract

In light absorbing liquids optical trapping of solid micro-objects but also gas bubbles can be achieved and explained by the mechanisms involving the hydrodynamic whirls formation. The various forms of these whirls, that arise due to optothermal Marangoni effect induced by laser light beam, are able to accelerate the objects movement, transport them and subsequently trap at the laser beam center but also close to it. The usual light gradient field force and scattering force solely are insufficient and even not adequate to properly describe the mentioned by us particle trapping effects as the trap potential extends to much larger distances that the beam waist. We will demonstrate the mechanism of optical trapping and transporting of gas bubbles and will discuss the physics of whirls formation in this case. The numerical modelling of Marangoni flows at the liquid-gas interface confirms the experimental findings. We also demonstrate a novel type of trapping of micro-objects that occurs inside a toroidal whirl induced by laser in dye-doped oil. This type of trapping is quite unusual but allows to transport objects immobilized far from the beam waist just avoiding their excessive heating.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11083, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XVI, 110832K (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2529251
Show Author Affiliations
Andrzej Miniewicz, Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)
Stanislaw Bartkiewicz, Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)
Pawel Karpinski, Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11083:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XVI
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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