Geometric configurations and perturbative mechanisms in optical binding

Davila Romero, Luciana and Andrews, David L. (2010) Geometric configurations and perturbative mechanisms in optical binding. In: Complex Light and Optical Forces IV, 2010-01-27.

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Optical binding is a phenomenon that is exhibited by micro-and nano-particle systems, suitably irradiated with offresonance laser light. Recent quantum electrodynamical studies on optically induced inter-particle potential energy surfaces have revealed unexpected features of considerable intricacy. When several particles are present, multi-particle binding effects can commonly result in the formation of a variety of geometrical assemblies. The exploitation of these features presents a host of opportunities for the optical fabrication of nanoscale structures, based on the fine control of attractive and repulsive forces, and the torques that operate on particle pairs. This paper reports the results of a preliminary analysis of the structures formed by optically driven self-assembly, and the three-dimensional symmetry of energetically favored forms. In systems where permanent dipole moments are present, optical binding may also be influenced by a static interaction mechanism. The possible influence of such effects on assembly formation is also explored, and consideration is given to the possible departures from such symmetry which might then be anticipated.

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Additional Information: Copyright 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited. Luciana Dávila Romero, David L. Andrews, "Geometric configurations and perturbative mechanisms in optical binding" Proc. SPIE 7613, Complex Light and Optical Forces IV, 76130P (February 08, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.840696
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: 27 Oct 2010 09:29
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 13:51
DOI: 10.1117/12.840696


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