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Numerical analysis of enhanced optical trapping force based on centripetal evanescent waves
Author(s): Gang Wang
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Paper Abstract

A strong electric field enhancement was found at the center of an evanescent wave centripetally-propagated along the surface of a multilayer dielectric waveguide coating on a conical prism. Behaviors similar to the cylindrical vector polarization was observed and enhanced for three orders of magnitude in the same geometry by reconfiguring the incident angles. This enhanced electric field can be utilized to trap dielectric particles with a refractive index either higher or lower than the surroundings. The enhanced optical-trap, also versatile at various incident angles, was analyzed numerically with Rayleigh scattering approximation. Simulation results for optical trapping application are presented, showing a strong gradient force on the trapped particle yet keeping radiation force negligible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5930, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation II, 59300U (26 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615945
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Gang Wang, Indiana Univ., Purdue Univ., Fort Wayne (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5930:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation II
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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