Cavity optofluidics: a μdroplet’s whispering-gallery mode makes a μvortex

Daniel Bar-David*, Shai Maayani, Leopoldo L. Martin, Tal Carmon

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We experimentally demonstrate light-flow interaction, in which the angular momentum of circulating light excites micro-vortices. In contrast with the solid-phase of matter, where one has to overcome static friction in order to start motion, liquids have no “static drag.” Relevant to almost all optofluidic micro-systems hence, μWatt optical power is sufficient to start flows, even in liquids 50 times more viscous than water. We map the flows to be three-dimensional (3D) by using a technique based on fluorescent nano-emitters; to reveal, as expected, flow speeds proportional to power divided by viscosity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19115-19122
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number15
StatePublished - 23 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


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