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Roadmap for Optical Tweezers

Volpe, Giovanni; Maragò, Onofrio M; Rubinzstein-Dunlop, Halina; Pesce, Giuseppe; Stilgoe, Alexander B; Volpe, Giorgio; Tkachenko, Georgiy; ... Swartzlander, Grover A; + view all (2022) Roadmap for Optical Tweezers. arXiv Green open access

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Abstract

Optical tweezers are tools made of light that enable contactless pushing, trapping, and manipulation of objects ranging from atoms to space light sails. Since the pioneering work by Arthur Ashkin in the 1970s, optical tweezers have evolved into sophisticated instruments and have been employed in a broad range of applications in life sciences, physics, and engineering. These include accurate force and torque measurement at the femtonewton level, microrheology of complex fluids, single micro- and nanoparticle spectroscopy, single-cell analysis, and statistical-physics experiments. This roadmap provides insights into current investigations involving optical forces and optical tweezers from their theoretical foundations to designs and setups. It also offers perspectives for applications to a wide range of research fields, from biophysics to space exploration.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Roadmap for Optical Tweezers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2206.13789
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Chemistry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Physics and Astronomy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10163794
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