In this work, we have recorded simultaneously the fluctuation spectra of two beads trapped along the laser propagation direction in a single Gaussian beam trap by measuring the back scattered signal from the trapping and a tracking laser beam that are counter propagating . The backscattering from the trapping laser monitors the bead encountered earlier in the propagation path. The counter propagating tracking laser, on the other hand, is used to monitor the fluctuations of the second bead. Detection is by using quadrant photo detectors placed at either end. The autocorrelation functions of both beads reveal marked departures from that obtained when there is only one bead in the trap. Moreover, the fall-off profiles of the autocorrelation indicates the presence of more than one relaxation time. This indicates a method of detecting the presence of a second bead in a trap without directly carrying out measurements on it. Further, a careful analysis of the relaxation times could also reveal the nature of interactions between the beads.
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Praveen Parthasarathi, Shruthi Subhash Iyengar, Yogesha Lakkegowda, Sarbari Bhattacharya, Sharath Ananthamurthy, "Probing the interaction between two microspheres in a single Gaussian beam optical trap," Proc. SPIE 9922, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII, 99222M (16 September 2016);