Interfering Bessel beams for optical micromanipulation

D. McGloin*, V. Garcés-Chávez, K. Dholakia

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We examine the properties of interfering high-order Bessel beams. We implement an experimental setup that allows us to realize these interferograms, using interfering Laguerre-Gaussian beams and an axicon. We demonstrate the use of such beams for controlled rotation of microscopic particles in optical tweezers and rotators. The self-healing properties of interfering Bessel beams allow the simultaneous manipulation and rotation of particles in spatially separated sample cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-659
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2003


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