16 September 2014 Behavior of oblate spheroidal microparticles in a tightly focused optical vortex beam
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We investigated the behavior of an oblate spheroidal polystyrene microparticle trapped in a focused vortex beam when the beam vorticity and polarization were modified. We demonstrated that such particles can be trapped in three dimensions, spin in a circularly polarized beam and an optical vortex beam around the axis parallel to the beam propagation. We compared the immediate frequencies and showed that contribution from the circularly polarized beam is one order of magnitude weaker comparing to the beam angular orbital momentum. Using a phase-only spatial light modulator we generated several vortex beam traps with well-defined parameters. Measuring the rotations of trapped spheroids we observed hydrodynamic phase and frequency locking for certain sets of beam parameters.
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Alejandro V. Arzola, Petr Jákl, Lukáš Chvátal, Mojmír Šerý, Pavel Zemánek, "Behavior of oblate spheroidal microparticles in a tightly focused optical vortex beam", Proc. SPIE 9164, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI, 91640L (16 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2061628; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2061628
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