Directed assembly of optically bound matter

Summers, M.D., Dear, R.D., Taylor, J.M. and Ritchie, G.A.D. (2012) Directed assembly of optically bound matter. Optics Express, 20(2), pp. 1001-1012. (doi:10.1364/OE.20.001001)

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We present a study of optically bound matter formation in a counter-propagating evanescent field, exploiting total internal reflection on a prism surface. Small ensembles of silica microspheres are assembled in a controlled manner using optical tweezers. The structures and dynamics of the resulting optically bound chains are interpreted using a simulation implementing generalized Lorentz-Mie theory. In particular, we observe enhancement of the scattering force along the propagation direction of the optically bound colloidal chains leading to a microscopic analogue of a driven pendulum which, at least superficially, resembles Newton’s cradle.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Taylor, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Summers, M.D., Dear, R.D., Taylor, J.M., and Ritchie, G.A.D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Optics Express
Publisher:Optical Society of America
Published Online:04 January 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Optical Society of America
First Published:First published in Optics Express 20(12):1001-1012
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