Optical micromanipulation takes hold

Kishan Dholakia, Peter Reece

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Light can influence the motion of particles, from the size of a single cell down to a single atom. This has led to the field of optical micromanipulation, where one may guide, trap, and sort objects in this size range. This field has proliferated in the last 30 years and is at the forefront of many studies in the natural sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-27
Number of pages10
JournalNano Today
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb

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

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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