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All-optical manipulation of photonic membranes

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posted on 2023-01-11, 21:58 authored by Meisam Askari, Blair C. Kirkpatrick, Tomas Čižmár, Andrea Di Falco
Here we demonstrate the all-optical manipulation of polymeric membranes in microfluidic environments. The membranes are decorated with handles for their use in holographic optical tweezers setups. Our results show that due to their form factor the membranes present an 8-fold increase in their mechanical stability, respect to micrometric dielectric particles. This intrinsic superior stability is expected to improve profoundly a wide range of bio-photonic applications that rely on the optical manipulation of micrometric objects while studying single-molecule mechanics and sub-cellular scale transport processes.

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