Influences of the Inserted Angle of an Optical Fiber for an Optical Trapping

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Biological cell could be trapped by a single laser beam from an optical fiber end inserted at an angle to a sample chamber. We have already developed an optical trapping system. A temperature stabilized 1480nm cw diode laser was used as the light source. The fiber end had a hemispherical micro-lens with 5μm radius of curvature for focusing the laser beam. These trapping fibers were inserted into a sample cell at an angle. The microsphere, 10μm diameter particle (refractive index 1.4), could be trapped. We theoretically analyzed the optical forces exerted on a microsphere by laser beams. The optical force on a microsphere divides itself into two components, the force in the beam axial direction of the light and a transverse force. The transverse optical force acted to pull the sphere back. We investigated the relation between the pulling force and the inserted angle of an optical fiber into a sample chamber. The microsphere is trapped at the point where the horizontal directed optical forces are balanced. We theoretically verified that the inserted angle of an optical fiber into a sample chamber was important parameter. It was found that a small inserted angle produced a weak pulling force.

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Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 523-524)

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Tojiro Aoyama, Hideki Aoyama, Atsushi Matsubara, Hayato Yoshioka and Libo Zhou

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1053-1058

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N. Watanabe and K. Taguchi, "Influences of the Inserted Angle of an Optical Fiber for an Optical Trapping", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 523-524, pp. 1053-1058, 2012

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November 2012

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