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Understanding particle trajectories by mapping optical force vortices
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Paper Abstract

Vortices can be found in many types of fields, from fluid velocity fields to optical fields. In optical manipulation, we are interested in the optical force field arising from the interaction between the beam and the particle. There are several mechanisms that can lead to circulation of particles around an optical trap including transfer of angular momentum from the beam to the particle or oscillations due to a lack of damping in the dynamical system. Understanding of the creation and behaviour of vortices occurring in optical fields can provide means for creating interesting rotational dynamics for particles held in structured light fields. Here, we describe the mechanisms that can lead to circulation in an optical trap. In particular we describe how the force field vortices can be found in different trapping configurations and we discuss the relationship between force vortices, optical vortices and Brownian vortices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2020
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11297, Complex Light and Optical Forces XIV, 112970K (24 February 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2550418
Show Author Affiliations
Isaac C. D. Lenton, The Univ. of Queensland (Australia)
Alex B. Stilgoe, The Univ. of Queensland (Australia)
Timo A. Nieminen, The Univ. of Queensland (Australia)
Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, The Univ. of Queensland (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11297:
Complex Light and Optical Forces XIV
David L. Andrews; Enrique J. Galvez; Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Editor(s)

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