10 September 2005 A modular system architecture for agile assembly of nanocomponents using optical tweezers
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In order to realize the flexibility optical trapping offers as a nanoassembly tool, we need to develop natural and intuitive interfaces to assemble large quantities of nanocomponents quickly and cheaply. We propose a system to create such an interface that is scalable, inter-changeable and modular. Several prototypes are described, starting with simple interfaces that control a single trap in the optical tweezers instrument using a 3-dimensional Phantom haptic device. A networkbased approach is adopted early on, and a modular prototype is then described in detail. In such a design, individual modules developed on different platforms work independently and communicate with each other through a common language interface using the Neutral Messaging Language (NML) communication protocol. A natural user interface is implemented that can be used to create and manipulate traps interactively like in a CAD program. Modules such as image processing and automatic assembly are also added to help simplify routine assembly tasks. Drawing on lessons learned from the prototypes, a new system specification is formulated to better integrate the modules. Finally, conclusions are drawn on the overall viability and future of network-based systems for nanoassembly using optical tweezers.
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Arvind Balijepalli, Arvind Balijepalli, Thomas LeBrun, Thomas LeBrun, Cedric Gagnon, Cedric Gagnon, Yong-Gu Lee, Yong-Gu Lee, Nicholas Dagalakis, Nicholas Dagalakis, } "A modular system architecture for agile assembly of nanocomponents using optical tweezers", Proc. SPIE 5908, Optical Information Systems III, 59080H (10 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615520; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.615520


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