Optically bound microscopic particles in one dimension

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

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The creation of self-organized one-dimensional optically bound arrays of microscopic matters in counterpropagating light fields were studied. A numerical model was developed to simulate the equilibrium positions of two and three particles in a counterpropagating beam geometry, where the particle sizes are larger then the laser wavelength. The model aided in investigating the ways in which particles interact with the light field in extended optical lattices. The role of the scattering and refraction of light in the creation of the one-dimensional arrays was also studied.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021403
Pages (from-to)021403-1-021403-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number2 1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2004


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