Friday, April 24, 2015

Cancellation of non-conservative scattering forces in optical traps by counter-propagating beams

Shawn Divitt, Loïc Rondin, and Lukas Novotny

Non-conservative forces in optical tweezers generate undesirable behavior, such as particle loss due to radiation pressure and the preclusion of the thermodynamic equilibrium. Here, we rigorously derive criteria for the elimination of non-conservative forces, and describe how these criteria can be met by a large class of counter-propagating, focused optical beams.

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