Optical guiding using Gaussian and Bessel light beams

A. E. Caruthers, S. A. Tatarkova, V. Garcés-Chávez, K. Volke-Sepulveda, S. Chavez-Cerda, K. Dholakia

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Optical guiding of micron-sized particles is shown using both Gaussian and zeroth-order Bessel light beams. Axial and transverse forces for guiding in both beams are calculated. Experiments show that the Bessel beam allows for extended guiding distances compared to a Gaussian beam, at the expense of guiding velocity.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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