Holographic 3D intensity shaping of evanescent waves

Laura C. Thomson, Graeme Whyte, Michael Mazilu, Johannes Courtial

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Abstract

This paper investigates the use of holographic algorithms to create more complex evanescent-wave fields. The authors have written a direct-search/simulated-annealing algorithm for shaping the 3D intensity pattern of evanescent wave fields. This direct-search algorithm includes a forward model that calculates the 3D intensity pattern due to a given number of evanescent plane-wave components. By making random changes to the phase and amplitude of each of these components the algorithm aims to create an approximation to a desired 3D intensity pattern. This algorithm has been demonstrated theoretically and was used to investigate limits to optical manipulation using evanescent waves. The algorithm is capable of creating configurations interesting for optical trapping. In particular, it is possible to create an evanescent light field that does not simply fall of exponentially in the direction of propagation, but that passes through a maximum. For optical trapping this means that dielectric objects can be trapped away from the evanescent-wave-creating surface which may help reduce particle sticking and allow easier manipulation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Print)9781424409303
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2007
Event2007 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference - Munich, Germany
Duration: 17 Jun 200722 Jun 2007

Conference

Conference2007 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference
Abbreviated titleE-CLEO and IQEC 2007
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period17/06/0722/06/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Thomson, L. C., Whyte, G., Mazilu, M., & Courtial, J. (2007). Holographic 3D intensity shaping of evanescent waves. In 2007 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference [4386048] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/CLEOE-IQEC.2007.4386048