Holographic assembly workstation for optical manipulation

Gibson, Graham and Carberry, David M and Whyte, Graeme and Leach, Jonathan and Courtial, Johannes and Jackson, Joseph C and Robert, Daniel and Miles, Mervyn and Padgett, Miles (2008) Holographic assembly workstation for optical manipulation. Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, 10 (4). 044009.

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We report a holographic assembler workstation for optical trapping and micro-manipulation. The workstation is based on a titanium sapphire laser, making it particularly suited for biomaterials and incorporates a choice of user interfaces for different applications. The system is designed around a commercial inverted microscope and is configured such that it can be easily used by the non-specialist. We demonstrate the bio-capabilities of our system by manipulating a group of yeast cells, a single red blood cell and a single cell of the green algae colony Volvox .