Optical Manipulation

Optical trapping techniques were pioneered by Arthur Ashkin at Bell Labs in the 1970s and 1980s. In the last 20 years, there has been a lot of development in these early techniques producing a diverse toolkit that can be used to manipulate matter on a microscopic scale. Our work focuses on variations of two main optical trapping techniques: optical tweezers and evanescent wave optical manipulation.

 

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