Selective trapping of multiple particles by volume speckle field. Academic Article uri icon


  • We suggest a new approach for selective trapping of light absorbing particles in gases by multiple optical bottle-beam-like traps created by volume speckle field. We demonstrate stable simultaneous confinement of a few thousand micro-particles in air with a single lowpower laser beam. The size distribution of trapped particles exhibits a narrow peak near the average size of an optical speckle. Thus, the speckleformed traps act as a sieve with the holes selecting particles of a similar size.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

altmetric score

  • 12

citation count

  • 77

complete list of authors

  • Shvedov, Vladlen G||Rode, Andrei V||Izdebskaya, Yana V||Desyatnikov, Anton S||Krolikowski, Wieslaw||Kivshar, Yuri S

publication date

  • January 2010