Optical trapping and optical binding using cylindrical vector beams

Susan E. Skelton, Marios Sergides, Radhika Patel, Ewa Karczewska, Onofrio M. Maragó, Philip H. Jones

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We report on the use of cylindrical vector beams for optical manipulation of micron and sub-micron sized particles using the methods of a single-beam gradient force trap (optical tweezers) and an evanescent-feld surface trap (optical binding). We have demonstrated a stable interferometric method for the synthesis of cylindrical vector beams (CVBs), and present measurements demonstrating polarization-controlled focal volume shaping using CVBs in an optical tweezers. Furthermore we show how appropriate combinations of CVBs corresponding to superpositions of optical fbre modes can be used for controlled trapping and traffcking of micro- and nanoparticles along a tapered optical fbre.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberC1V89S1P004
Number of pages4
JournalAAPP Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti, Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2011
EventElectromagnetic and Light Scattering XIII Conference 2011 - Taormina , Italy
Duration: 26 Sep 201130 Sep 2011


  • cylindrical vector beams
  • optical manipulation
  • optical tweezers
  • optical binding


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