Preface: Optical tweezers in a new light

Justin E. Molloy, Kishan Dholakia, Miles J. Padgett

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Abstract

Optical tweezers were invented in the mid-1980s by Arthur Ashkin and co-workers at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Since then there has been a steady stream of developments and applications, particularly in the biological field. In the last five years, work using optical tweezers has increased significantly and they are becoming a mainstream tool within biological and nanotechnological fields. This introductory article seeks to explain the under-pinning mechanism behind optical tweezers, present some recent technological advances and speculate on future applications within both biological and non-biological fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1507
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Volume50
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 10

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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