Holographic assembly workstation for optical manipulation

Graham Gibson, David M. Carberry, Graeme Whyte, Jonathan Leach, Johannes Courtial, Joseph C. Jackson, Daniel Robert, Mervyn Miles, Miles Padgett

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We report a holographic assembler workstation for optical trapping and micro-manipulation. The workstation is based on a titanium sapphire laser, making it particularly suited for biomaterials and incorporates a choice of user interfaces for different applications. The system is designed around a commercial inverted microscope and is configured such that it can be easily used by the non-specialist. We demonstrate the bio-capabilities of our system by manipulating a group of yeast cells, a single red blood cell and a single cell of the green algae colony Volvox.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044009
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


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