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7 July 2005 Optical forces on a Rayleigh dielectric particle in a patterned near-field landscape
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Proceedings Volume 5840, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications; (2005)
Event: Microtechnologies for the New Millennium 2005, 2005, Sevilla, Spain
The trapping of micro-objects by optical radiation forces, so-called optical tweezers, has become widely used in physical, chemical and biological experiments where accurate and non-invasive manipulation is required. Recent advances in beam shaping render it possible for instance to rotate or to dynamically manipulate independently several elements. Today, one of the remaining challenges of conventional optical tweezers is the direct manipulation of systems with sizes belonging to the sub-wavelength or Rayleigh regime. Indeed, the diffraction limit prevents in that case from achieving a commensurable trapping volume and thus does not allow for minimizing the fluctuations in position of the trapped object due to its strong Brownian motion. In order to overcome this limitation, it has been proposed to use evanescent fields instead of the usual propagating fields. Recent advances in optics of noble metal nano-structures have recently provided new configurations to achieve nano-optical tweezers. Especially, tightly localized modes resulting from the coupling between resonant noble metal nanostructures may offer the gradient forces able to trap and manipulate Rayleigh objects. In this work, we calculate the radiation forces exerted on a nanometric dielectric sphere when exposed to a patterned optical near-field landscape at an interface decorated with resonant gold nanostructures. By comparing their magnitude with other forces that affect the movement of the particle, we discuss the practical ability of our configuration for multiple parallel optical manipulation.
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Anna Zelenina, Romain Quidant, Dmitri Petrov, and Goncal Badenes "Optical forces on a Rayleigh dielectric particle in a patterned near-field landscape", Proc. SPIE 5840, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications, (7 July 2005);


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