Holographic optical trapping of aerosol droplets.

D. R. Burnham, D. McGloin

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We demonstrate the use of holographic optical tweezers for trapping particles in air, specifically aerosol droplets. We show the trapping and manipulation of arrays of liquid aerosols as well as the controlled coagulation of two or more droplets. We discuss the ability of spatial light modulators to manipulate airborne droplets in real time as well as highlight the difficulties associated with loading and trapping particles in such an environment. We conclude with a discussion of some of the applications of such a technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4176-4182
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006


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