Optical trapping of three-dimensional structures using dynamic holograms

H. Melville*, G. F. Milne, G. C. Spalding, W. Sibbett, K. Dholakia, D. McGloin

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We demonstrate the use of a spatial light modulator (SLM) to facilitate the trapping of particles in three-dimensional structures through time-sharing. This method allows particles to be held in complex, three-dimensional configurations using cycling of simple holograms. Importantly, we discuss limiting factors inherent in current phase only SLM design for applications in both optical tweezing and atom trapping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3562-3567
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


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