All-optical manipulation of photonic membranes

Blair C. Kirkpatrick, Martin Ploschner, Tomas Čižmár, Andrea Di Falco

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Photonic membranes (PMs) are thin, highly-flexible, membranes which can be imbued with specific photonic functionalities when used to play host to plasmonic features.1-3 PMs can then take that photonic functionality and transfer it to an external object, provided that they can be manipulated with enough precision. We demonstrate a fabrication and optical manipulation protocol that allows PMs to be manoeuvred through a microfluidic environment, and show that the trap stiffness of such a scheme is on par with current techniques. The PMs shown here are 90 nm thick, with the potential to be extremely flexible. We comment on their current deformability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII
EditorsKishan Dholakia, Gabriel C. Spalding
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781510602359
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2016
EventOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII - San Diego, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 20161 Sept 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


  • Optical tweezers
  • Optomechanics
  • Photonic membranes


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