Monika Ritsch-Marte (Innsbruck): Generally applicable technique for measuring optical force and torque acting on trapped particles

Montag, 25. April 2022 17:15

Ort: Atominstitut, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Wien

Optical tweezers have become so successful, because their application goes beyond simply holding or moving particles, as they provide quantitative information on the optical forces acting on the particle. It will be shown how a holographic, i.e. phase-sensitive, measurement of the light scattered by the particle interfering with the incident trapping beam directly deliver the local forces. It is possible to simultaneously measure all components of the force applied to an individual particle in a trapped ensemble, or to a specific site of an extended object. Here, conservation of optical momentum is exploited. The approach may also be modified to measure the optical torque, based on conservation of optical angular momentum. The torque pertaining to individual particles is accessible, as well as separate spin or orbital parts of the total torque. The examples which will be discussed feature micron-size objects in liquid solution, but the technique is not limited to this type of biomedical setting, but may also be used in vacuum.


Atominstitut, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Wien

Foto: Barbara Mair