Enantioselective optical gradient forces using 3D structured vortex light

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Abstract

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
Volume515
Early online date16 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Mar 2022

Keywords

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

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