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Tomographic active optical trapping of arbitrarily shaped objects by exploiting 3D refractive index maps

Tomographic active optical trapping of arbitrarily shaped objects by exploiting 3D refractive index maps
Kyoohyun Kim, YongKeun Park
Optical trapping can manipulate the three-dimensional (3D) motion of spherical particles based on the simple prediction of optical forces and the responding motion of samples. However, controlling the 3D behaviour of non-spherical particles with arbitrary orientations is extremely challenging, due to experimental difficulties and extensive computations. Here, we achieve the real-time optical control of arbitrarily shaped particles by combining the wavefront shaping of a trapping beam and measurements of the 3D refractive index distribution of samples. Engineering the 3D light field distribution of a trapping beam based on the measured 3D refractive index map of samples generates a light mould, which can manipulate colloidal and biological samples with arbitrary orientations and/or shapes. The present method provides stable control of the orientation and assembly of arbitrarily shaped particles without knowing a priori information about the sample geometry. The proposed method can be directly applied in biophotonics and soft matter physics.

Publisher URL: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15340

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15340

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