Optical micromanipulation takes hold

Kishan Dholakia

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Optical micro-manipulation has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years which has been due in part to new application areas and the use of tailored forms of light beams particularly using holographic optical tweezers technology. Optical landscapes using evanescent waves can hold large arrays of particles (∼1000) and may be enhanced using surface plasmon interactions or a dielectric resonator. Dynamics in a static 2D landscape of a Bessel beam can lead to optically induced separation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser Beam Shaping VII
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventLaser Beam Shaping VII - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2006 Aug 132006 Aug 14

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceLaser Beam Shaping VII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
KD and PR would like to thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Commission fp6 NEST programme (ATOM_3D) for support. We thank G. Spalding and V. Garces-Chavez for contributing Fig. 7 and H. Melville for Fig. 8 .

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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