Optical angular momentum transfer to microrotors fabricated by two-photon photopolymerization

Theodor Asavei, Vincent Loke, Marco Barbieri, Timo Nieminen, Norman Heckenberg, Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop

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We design, fabricate and test optically driven microrotors a few microns in size. The rotors are trapped and rotated in optical tweezers using an LG(02) Laguerre-Gaussian laser beam. We verify that we can accurately measure the total optical torque by measuring the spin angular momentum transfer for three different polarizations, by comparing the optical torque with the optical torque calculated using computational electrodynamics and the viscous drag torque determined from the rotation rate and computational fluid dynamics. The torque agrees with that expected from the design principles and electromagnetic modelling of the torque within the optical trap.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 20
Number of pages20
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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