We present a method for the controlled alignment or rotation of birefringent particles trapped in multiple optical trap sites of an interference pattern between two Laguerre-Gaussian laser modes. Controlled spin or alignment of the particles within each individual trap site is achieved independently of the lateral or rotational motion of the interference pattern as a whole. This technique may lead to driving arrays of micro-machines and micro-fluidic studies and can be used in combination with dynamically generated trapping arrays for uniformly distributed stirring throughout microscopic volumes of fluid.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics