Three-dimensional potential analysis of radiation pressure exerted on a single microparticle

Keiji Sasaki*, Mitsuru Tsukima, Hiroshi Masuhara

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A system that makes it possible to precisely and instantaneously observe a potential energy of laser trapping as a function of three-dimensional position was developed for analyzing radiation pressure acting on a single microparticle in solution. Position sensing with a quadrant photodiode and total internal reflection microscopy are applied for measuring thermal Brownian motion of the trapped particle with ∼10 nm resolution, and a trapping potential profile is estimated by a thermodynamical analysis based on the Boltzmann distribution. Characteristic features of the present system are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-39
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 7 Jul 1997

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