Enantioselective optical gradient forces using 3D structured vortex light

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Here we highlight enantioselective optical gradient forces present in 3D (non-paraxial) structured optical vortex tweezing systems. One chiral force originates from the circular polarization of the light, while remarkably the other is independent of the input polarization - even occurring for unpolarized light – and is not present in 2D structured light nor propagating plane waves. This latter chiral sorting mechanism allows for the enantioselective trapping of chiral particles into distinct rings in the transverse plane through conservative radial forces.
Original languageEnglish
Article number128197
JournalOptics Communications
Early online date16 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2022


  • Chirality
  • Optical forces
  • Optical manipulation
  • Optical trapping
  • Optical vortex
  • Structured light

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