A compact, automated and long working distance optical tweezer system

Özcan, Meriç and Önal, Caner and Akatay, Ahmet Ata (2006) A compact, automated and long working distance optical tweezer system. Journal of Modern Optics, 53 (3). pp. 357-364. ISSN 0950-0340

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500340500402181


We demonstrate a compact, automated, long working distance optical tweezer system using a novel mechanism for controlling the position of the optical trap. Our system uses a single focusing lens with a working distance of 4.5mm and the trapping beam is steered by moving the lens with a miniature coil-magnet assembly. The sample is imaged through a 100 microscope objective and a CCD camera captures the magnied image. A custom image processing software detects the position of the laser beam and identies the sample objects. This information is used to generate appropriate electrical signals to drive the coils which move the focusing lens along the desired path. The system is fairly simple and power ecient due to minimal usage of optical elements in the laser path; hence our setup is simple, low-cost and requires low optical power. Computergenerated arbitrary trapping paths and time-shared trapping patterns are successfully demonstrated. Ecient trapping of micron size spheres with laser powers as low as 1.5mW is observed.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
ID Code:148
Deposited By:Meriç Özcan
Deposited On:20 Dec 2006 02:00
Last Modified:04 Sep 2019 15:52

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