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Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Apr 25;100(16):163903. Epub 2008 Apr 22.

Radiation torque and force on optically trapped linear nanostructures.

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  • 1Dipartimento di Fisica della Materia e Tecnologie Fisiche Avanzate, Università di Messina, Salita Sperone 31, 98166 Messina, Italy. borghese@ortica.unime.it

Abstract

We study the optical trapping of highly elongated linear nanostructures in the focal region of a high-numerical aperture lens (optical tweezers). The radiation torque and trapping force on these nanostructures that are modeled as chains of identical spherical scatterers are calculated by means of multipole field expansions in the framework of the transition matrix approach. We investigate both orientational and trapping stability and calculate force constants and trap parameters in order to clarify the role of the linear geometry in the optical trapping mechanism. Furthermore, we calculate optical trapping of nanowires of different materials and compare our theoretical findings with available experimental results.

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