Optically bound chain of microparticles

Pavel Zemánek, Oto Brzobohatý, Vítezslav Karásek, Tomáš Cižmár, Veneranda Garcés-Chávez, Kishan Dholakia

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We present the first creation of extended longitudinally optically bound chains of microparticles in one dimension. Two counter-propagating "non-diffracting" beams, so called Bessel beams, were used to illuminate the submicrometer sized polystyrene particles immersed in water. Beam homogeneity and extended propagation allowed the creation of 200 microns long chains of organised micro-particles. Furthermore two types of multistability were observed: short range multistability within a single chain and a long-range multi-stability between several distinct chains. Our observations are supported by theoretical results of the coupled dipole method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotonics, Devices, and Systems IV
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
EventPhotonics, Devices, and Systems IV - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2008 Aug 272008 Aug 29

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferencePhotonics, Devices, and Systems IV
CountryCzech Republic


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Zemánek, P., Brzobohatý, O., Karásek, V., Cižmár, T., Garcés-Chávez, V., & Dholakia, K. (2008). Optically bound chain of microparticles. In Photonics, Devices, and Systems IV [713825] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7138). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.818076