Modulated optical vortices

Jennifer E. Curtis, David G. Grier

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    Single-beam optical gradient force traps created by focusing helical modes of light are known as optical vortices. Modulating the helical pitch of such a mode's wave front yields a new class of optical traps whose dynamically reconfigurable intensity distributions provide new opportunities for controlling motion in mesoscopic systems. An implementation of modulated optical vortices based on the dynamic holographic optical tweezer technique is described.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)872-874
    Number of pages3
    JournalOptics Letters
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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