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Optical nanoantennas enable efficient multipurpose particle manipulation
Date:1/12/2012

chers demonstrated several types of particle manipulation, including single-beam optical tweezing of single particles over the entire nanoantenna area, single-beam optical tweezing of 2D hexagonal packed particles over the entire nanoantenna area, and optical sorting of particles by size; stacking of submicron to micron-sized particles in 3D.

According to Toussaint, this is the first demonstration of a range of particle manipulation behavior for a given nanoantenna array.

"We actually excite our nanoantennas off resonance, which to our knowledge is a first, and at the right input optical power, we take advantage of thermal effects combined with optical forces to enable tweezing of tens of particles at a time," Toussaint explained. "We show that very low power densities are required to achieve the aforementioned behavior. For example, we were able to carry out experiments using a standard laser pointer."

In addition to Toussaint, the lead investigator for the project, co-investigators include Gang Logan Liu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois, and former Illinois faculty member Nicholas Fang, who is now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Contact: Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr.
ktoussai@illinois.edu
217-244-4088
University of Illinois College of Engineering
Source:Eurekalert  

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