We report the focused evanescent optical trapping of nonfluorescent and fluorescent dielectric microspheres using a femtosecond laser. The experiment confirms that the trapping efficiency increases with the size of the particles. As a result, a pulsed laser has been used to trap particles in the Mie regime and to excite whispering gallery modes in them. The excitation of whispering gallery modes in a near-field femtosecond trap shows a significant suppression of the two-photon fluorescence background with an improvement of the photon storage factor by 46%, as compared to far-field two-photon excitation.
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The authors thank the Australian Research Council for its support.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)