Collapse of optical binding under secondary irradiation

Andrews, David L. and Rodriguez, Justo (2008) Collapse of optical binding under secondary irradiation. Optics Letters, 33 (16). pp. 1830-1832. ISSN 0146-9592

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When an optically trapped and bound micrometer-sized chain of particles is subjected to a suitably oriented secondary laser beam above a threshold level of intensity, the structure will collapse. The effect arises from modifications to the interparticle energy landscapes owing to the superposition of optically induced potentials. From the theory it also emerges that, for particles separated by near-field distances, optically induced assemblies may be continuously transformed between linear, spherical, and lamellar forms. The results show scope for the optical fabrication of moldable nanoscale structures.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Physical and Analytical Chemistry (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Light and Energy
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Photonics and Quantum Science
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2010 15:46
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 13:35
DOI: 10.1364/OL.33.001830


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