Monday, March 18, 2013

Long-Distance Axial Trapping with Focused Annular Laser Beams

Ming Lei, Ze Li, Shaohui Yan, Baoli Yao, Dan Dan, Yujiao Qi, Jia Qian, Yanlong Yang, Peng Gao, Tong Ye
Focusing an annular laser beam can improve the axial trapping efficiency due to the reduction of the scattering force, which enables the use of a lower numerical aperture (NA) objective lens with a long working distance to trap particles in deeper aqueous medium. In this paper, we present an axicon-to-axicon scheme for producing parallel annular beams with the advantages of higher efficiency compared with the obstructed beam approach. The validity of the scheme is verified by the observation of a stable trapping of silica microspheres with relatively low NA microscope objective lenses (NA = 0.6 and 0.45), and the axial trapping depth of 5 mm is demonstrated in experiment.
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