Polarization effects in optically bound particle arrays

Department of Chemistry, Durham University, Durham, England, United Kingdom
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 11/2006; 14(21):10079-88. DOI: 10.1364/OE.14.010079
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Sub-micron polystyrene spheres spontaneously assemble into twodimensional arrays in the evanescent field of counterpropagating laser beams at the silica-water interface. The symmetry and dynamics of these arrays depends on the particle size and the polarization of the two laser beams. Here we describe the polarization effects for particles with diameters of 390-520 nm, which are small enough to form regular 2-D arrays yet large enough to be readily observed with an optical microscope. We report the observation of rectangular arrays, three different types of hexagonal arrays and a defective array in which every third row is missing. The structure of the arrays is determined by both optical trapping and optical binding. Optical binding can overwhelm optical trapping and give rise to an array that is incommensurate with the interference fringes formed by two laser beams of the same polarization.

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    • "Similarly, a microparticle exposed to an evanescent optical field experiences a radiative force, as was first demonstrated by the driving of water-suspended particles above the surface of a prism by a single laser beam, weakly focused and undergoing total internal reflection on the prism-to-water interface from below [8]. Later experiments used two counter-propagating laser beams which lead to stable trapping [9] [10] and the formation of a variety of selfassembled particle structures dependent on the polarization state of the laser beams [11] or the number of bound particles [12], and enhanced the optical forces by enclosing the experiment in a resonant optical cavity [13]. An alternative scheme for generating an evanescent optical field suitable for trapping is to use an optical fiber that is tapered to a diameter of around 1 mm or smaller. "
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    • "Such phenomena have increasingly been advocated as a tool for the optical manipulation and configuration of particles, and optically induced arrays have been observed in numerous experimental studies.[13] [14] [15] In this connection, the related term optical matter has also been coined, highlighting possibilities for a significant degree of interplay between optically induced inter-particle forces and other interactions such as chemical bonding and dispersion forces. Light-mediated inter-particle interactions undoubtedly offer the potential to organize large numbers of microparticles using optical force alone. "
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