Optical traps at work: From advanced design to novel biomedical applications

S. Tatarkova, K. Dholakia

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Optical trapping techniques are widely used for micromanipulation of biological molecules and cells. Advanced design of optical traps including focused Gaussian, Bessel beams are described depending upon optical trap function and possible applications. The basic theory of harmonic potential well is developed for a full description of particle dynamics. It is shown that stochastic resonance phenomena are also involved in essential of diffusion dynamics of Brownian particle in tailored potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-193
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventSaratov Fall Meeting 2002 Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine IV - Saratov, Russian Federation
Duration: 2002 Oct 12002 Oct 4

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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