Preface: Optical tweezers in a new light

Molloy, J.E., Dholakia, K. and Padgett, M. (2003) Preface: Optical tweezers in a new light. Journal of Modern Optics, 50(10), 1501 -1507. (doi: 10.1080/0950034031000070026)

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Optical tweezers were invented in the mid-1980s by Arthur Ashkin and co-workers at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Since then there has been a steady stream of developments and applications, particularly in the biological field. In the last five years, work using optical tweezers has increased significantly and they are becoming a mainstream tool within biological and nanotechnological fields. This introductory article seeks to explain the underpinning mechanism behind optical tweezers, present some recent technological advances and speculate on future applications within both biological and non-biological fields.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Padgett, Professor Miles
Authors: Molloy, J.E., Dholakia, K., and Padgett, M.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Journal of Modern Optics

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