All-optical controllable trapping and transport of subwavelength particles on a tapered photonic crystal waveguide

Pin Tso Lin*, Po-Tsung Lee

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Abstract

We propose that a tapered photonic crystal waveguide design can unify optical trapping and transport functionalities to advance the controllability of optical manipulation. Subwavelength particles can be trapped by a resonance-enhanced field and transported to a specified position along the waveguide on demand by varying the input wavelength. A simulated transport ability as high as 148 (transport distance/wavelength variation) is obtained by the waveguide with 0:1° tilted angle. Stable trapping of a 50 nm polystyrene particle can be achieved with input power of 7 mW. We anticipate that this design would be beneficial for future life science research and optomechanical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-426
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2011

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