Optical surface vortices and their use in nanoscale manipulation

M. Babiker, V. E. Lembessis, D. L. Andrews

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Following a brief overview of the physics underlying the interaction of twisted light with atoms at near-resonance frequencies, the essential ingredients of the interaction of atoms with surface optical vortices are described. It is shown that surface optical vortices can offer an unprecedented potential for the nanoscale manipulation of absorbed atoms congregating at regions of extremum light intensity on the surface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
Journal AIP Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2009

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