Particle tracking stereomicroscopy in optical tweezers: control of trap shape

Bowman, R., Gibson, G. and Padgett, M. (2010) Particle tracking stereomicroscopy in optical tweezers: control of trap shape. Optics Express, 18(11), pp. 11785-11790. (doi: 10.1364/OE.18.011785)

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We present an optical system capable of generating stereoscopic images to track trapped particles in three dimensions. Two-dimensional particle tracking on each image yields three dimensional position information. Our approach allows the use of a high numerical aperture (NA= 1.3) objective and large separation angle, such that particles can be tracked axially with resolution of 3nm at 340Hz. Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs), the diffractive elements used to steer and split laser beams in Holographic Optical Tweezers, are also capable of more general operations. We use one here to vary the ratio of lateral to axial trap stiffness by changing the shape of the beam at the back aperture of the microscope objective. Beams which concentrate their optical power at the extremes of the back aperture give rise to much more efficient axial trapping. The flexibility of using an SLM allows us to create multiple traps with different shapes.

Item Type:Articles
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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibson, Dr Graham and Bowman, Dr Richard and Padgett, Professor Miles
Authors: Bowman, R., Gibson, G., and Padgett, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Optics Express
Publisher:Optical Society of America
ISSN (Online):1094-4087
Published Online:19 May 2010
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Optical Society of America
First Published:First published in Optics Express 18(11):11785-11790
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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