Dynamic multiple optical trapping by means of diffractive optical elements

D. Cojoc*, S. Cabrini, E. Ferrari, R. Malureanu, M. B. Danailov, E. Di Fabrizio

*Corresponding author for this work

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We report multiple optical trapping of microscopic dielectric particles using diffractive optical elements (DOEs) implemented with a twisted nematic liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM). The particles are trapped simultaneously in an array disposed in plane or in volume and the trapping stability is tested by moving the microscope stage. When using a computer controlled SLM the particles can be moved independently by changing the configuration of the diffractive optical element with a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz. Translation of the particles in x-y-z is demonstrated inside a volume of 8×8×8 μm3. Simultaneous rotation of multiple trapped particles along circular trajectories is demonstrated with different angular velocities. In order to evaluate the maximum speed with which a particle can be moved using our set-up, the Stokes drag force is compared with the trapping force. The performance of our multiple trapping technique is compared with other methods reported in literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-932
Number of pages6
JournalMicroelectronic Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventMicro and Nano Engineering 2003 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 22 2003Sep 25 2003


  • Diffractive optics
  • Instrumentation measurement and metrology
  • Optical tweezers
  • Spatial light modulators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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