Optical tweezers: a light touch

Lee, M.P. and Padgett, M.J. (2012) Optical tweezers: a light touch. Journal of Microscopy, 248(3), pp. 219-222. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2818.2012.03639.x)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2818.2012.03639.x

Abstract

Summary: Optical tweezers use focused laser light to manipulate microscopic particles. We discuss the underlying physics of the technique in terms of a gradient force exerted by the light on the particles. The versatility of optical tweezers is highlighted, in particular, we explain how spatial light modulators and various imaging methods have greatly enhanced their range of applications.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lee, Mr Michael and Padgett, Professor Miles
Authors: Lee, M.P., and Padgett, M.J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Journal of Microscopy
ISSN:0022-2720
ISSN (Online):1365-2818
Published Online:17 August 2012

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