We provide a brief report on our recent work on dielectric and metallic colloidal nanosuspensions with negative polarizability where we observed robust propagation of self-trapped light over a long distance. Our results open up new opportunities in developing soft-matter systems with tunable optical nonlinearities.
Optical trapping of single biological cells has become an established technique for controlling and studying
fundamental behavior of single cells with their environment without having "many-body" interference. The development
of such an instrument for optical diagnostics (including Raman and fluorescence for molecular diagnostics) via laser
spectroscopy with either the "trapping" beam or secondary beams is still in progress. This paper shows the development
of modular multi-spectral imaging optical tweezers combining Raman and Fluorescence diagnostics of biological cells.