Optically bound microscopic particles in one dimension

D McGloin, A E Carruthers, K Dholakia, E M Wright

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Abstract

Counterpropagating light fields have the ability to create self-organized one-dimensional optically bound arrays of microscopic particles, where the light fields adapt to the particle locations and vice versa. We develop a theoretical model to describe this situation and show good agreement with recent experimental data [Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 128301 (2002)] for two and three particles, if the scattering force is assumed to dominate the axial trapping of the particles. The extension of these ideas to two- and three-dimensional optically bound states is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021403
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Volume69
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

Keywords

  • RADIATION PRESSURE
  • CRYSTALLIZATION
  • LEVITATION
  • BINDING
  • TRAP

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