Optical guiding of absorbing nanoclusters in air. Academic Article uri icon


  • We suggest a novel approach in all-optical trapping employing a photophoretic force for manipulation of absorbing particles in open air. We demonstrate experimentally the robust three-dimensional guiding, over the distances of a few millimeters, of agglomerates of carbon nanoparticles with the size spanned from 100 nm to 10 microm, as well as their acceleration up to velocities of 1 cm/sec. We achieve stable positioning and guiding of particles as well as simultaneous trapping of a large number of particles in a dual-beam optical trap created by two counter-propagating and co-rotating optical vortex beams.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

altmetric score

  • 10

author list (cited authors)

  • Shvedov, V. G., Desyatnikov, A. S., Rode, A. V., Krolikowski, W., & Kivshar, Y. S.

citation count

  • 183

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • March 2009