Regular oscillations and random motion of glass microspheres levitated by a single optical beam in air

Jeremy Moore, Leopoldo L. Martin, Shai Maayani, Kyu Hyun Kim, Hengky Chandrahalim, Matt Eichenfield, Inocencio R. Martin, Tal Carmon

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Abstract

We experimentally reporton optical binding of many glass particles in air that levitate in a single optical beam. A diversity of particle sizes and shapes interact at long range in a single Gaussian beam. Our system dynamics span from oscillatory to random and dimensionality ranges from 1 to 3D. The low loss for the center of mass motion of the beads could allow this system to serve as a standard many body testbed, similar to what is done today with atoms, but at the mesoscopic scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2850-2857
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

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