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A long-range polarization-controlled optical tractor beam

Shvedov, Vladlen; Davoyan, Arthur R; Hnatovsky, Kyrylo (Cyril); Engheta, Nader; Krolikowski, Wieslaw


The laser beam has become an indispensable tool for the controllable manipulation and transport of microscopic objects in biology, physical chemistry and condensed matter physics. In particular, 'tractor' laser beams can draw matter towards a laser source and perform, for instance, all-optical remote sampling. Recent advances in lightwave technology have already led to small-scale experimental demonstrations of tractor beams1-4. However, the realization of long-range tractor beams has not gone...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Photonics
DOI: 10.1038/NPHOTON.2014.242


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