The impact of optical forces in the physical and biological sciences now enables the manipulation of objects ranging in size from a cell down to a single atom. The mechanical effects of optical fields have profound and far-reaching consequences, and attention is increasingly focused upon the opportunities for the non-contact assembly of particles into specific geometries. The present overview focuses on the two aspects of multi-particle trapping and optical binding. These can broadly be grouped as methods based on light-mediated inter-particle interactions, offering potential for the organization of large numbers of micro- or nano-particles using optical forces alone.
|Journal||Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 May 27|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics