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Rev Sci Instrum. 2009 Aug;80(8):083703. doi: 10.1063/1.3196181.

Combined holographic-mechanical optical tweezers: construction, optimization, and calibration.

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  • 1Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Heinrich-Heine University, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany.

Abstract

A spatial light modulator (SLM) and a pair of galvanometer-mounted mirrors (GMM) were combined into an optical tweezers setup. This provides great flexibility as the SLM creates an array of traps, which can be moved smoothly and quickly with the GMM. To optimize performance, the effect of the incidence angle on the SLM with respect to phase and intensity response was investigated. Although it is common to use the SLM at an incidence angle of 45 degrees, smaller angles give a full 2pi phase shift and an output intensity which is less dependent on the magnitude of the phase shift. The traps were calibrated using an active oscillatory technique and a passive probability distribution method.

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