Theory of holographic optical trapping

Bo Sun, Yohai Roichman, David G. Grier

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    Optical traps use the forces exerted by structured beams of light to confine and manipulate microscopic objects in three dimensions. A popular implementation involves structuring the trap-forming beam with computer-generated holograms before focusing it into traps with a high-numerical-aperture optical train. Here, we present a fully vectorial theory for the forces and torques exerted by such systems.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)15765-15776
    Number of pages12
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number20
    StatePublished - Sep 29 2008


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Sun, B., Roichman, Y., & Grier, D. G. (2008). Theory of holographic optical trapping. Optics Express, 16(20), 15765-15776.