Optically induced multi-particle structures: multi-dimensional energy landscapes

Davila Romero, LC, Rodriguez, J and Andrews, DL (2008) Optically induced multi-particle structures: multi-dimensional energy landscapes. In: Nanophotonics II. Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 6988 . UNSPECIFIED, 69880L.

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    Recent quantum electrodynamical studies on optically induced inter-particle potential energy surfaces have revealed unexpected features of considerable intricacy. The exploitation of these features presents a host of opportunities for the optical fabrication of nanoscale structures, based on the fine control of a variety of attractive and repulsive forces, and the torques that operate on particle pairs. Here we report an extension of these studies, exploring the first detailed potential energy surfaces for a system of three particles irradiated by a polarized laser beam. Such a system is the key prototype for developing generic models of multi-particle complexity. The analysis identifies and characterizes potential points of stability, as well as forces and torques that particles experience as a consequence of the electromagnetic fields, generated by optical perturbations. Promising results are exhibited for the optical fabrication of assemblies of molecules, nanoparticles, microparticles, and colloidal multi-particle arrays. The comprehension of mechanism that is emerging should help determine the fine principles of multi-particle optical assembly.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
    University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Physical and Analytical Chemistry
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    Depositing User: Rachel Smith
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2010 16:47
    Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 00:03
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10672
    DOI: 10.1117/12.781144

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