Long-range one-dimensional longitudinal optical binding

V. Karásek, T. Čižmár, O. Brzobohatý, P. Zemánek, V. Garcés-Chávez, K. Dholakia

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We create extended longitudinally optically bound chains of microparticles with the use of counterpropagating "nondiffracting" light fields, the so-called Bessel beams. The beam homogeneity and extended propagation range allow the creation of 200μm long chains of organized microparticles. We observe short-range multistability within a single chain and long-range multistability between several distinct chains. Our observations are supported by theoretical results of the coupled dipole method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number143601
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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