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All-optical manipulation of micrometer-sized metallic particles

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Abstract

Optical traps use focused laser beams to generate forces on targeted objects ranging in size from nanometers to micrometers. However, for their high coefficients of scattering and absorption, micrometer-sized metallic particles were deemed non-trappable in three dimensions using a single beam. This barrier is now removed. We demonstrate, both in theory and experiment, three-dimensional (3D) dynamic all-optical manipulations of micrometer-sized gold particles under high focusing conditions. The force of gravity is found to balance the positive axial optical force exerted on particles in an inverted optical tweezers system to form two trapping positions along the vertical direction. Both theoretical and experimental results confirm that stable 3D manipulations are achievable for these particles regardless of beam polarization and wavelength. The present work opens up new opportunities for a variety of in-depth research requiring metallic particles.

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DOI:10.1364/prj.6.000066

基金项目:National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)10.13039/501100001809 (91750205, 61377052, 61422506, 61427819, 61605117); National Key Basic Research Program of China (973) (2015CB352004); National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFC0102401); Leading Talents of Guangdong Province Program (00201505); Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province10.13039/501100003453 (2016A030312010, 2016A030310063); Excellent Young Teacher Program of Guangdong Province (YQ2014151).

收稿日期:2017-10-12

录用日期:2017-11-19

网络出版日期:2017-11-24

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Yuquan Zhang:Nanophotonics Research Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Xiujie Dou:Nanophotonics Research Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Yanmeng Dai:Nanophotonics Research Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Xianyou Wang:Nanophotonics Research Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Changjun Min:Nanophotonics Research Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Xiaocong Yuan:Nanophotonics Research Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China

联系人作者:Xiaocong Yuan(xcyuan@szu.edu.cn)

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Yuquan Zhang, Xiujie Dou, Yanmeng Dai, Xianyou Wang, Changjun Min, and Xiaocong Yuan, "All-optical manipulation of micrometer-sized metallic particles," Photonics Research 6(2), 66 (2018)

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