Optical Tweezers have been around for a long time. Over 40 years have passed since Arthur Ashkin and his colleagues described the single-beam gradient force trap and sparked a realisation in many scientists that this novel instrument would be a powerful tool for use in the course of their research. However, the costs and complexities of building Optical Tweezers were often prohibitive.
With the development of easy to use ‘straight out of the box’ systems by Elliot Scientific, Optical Tweezers have come down from the heights of esoteric research and can be found in many labs around the world. Real experiments carried out in one such lab can be found here.
Download our Optical Tweezers Brochure. It describes all the systems we offer; from open architecture kits to complete computer-controlled multiple spot trapping systems with force detection and more, or contact us to discuss details.
HOLOEYE now offers new dielectric mirror coated versions of their popular PLUTO phase only Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs). Based on reflective LCOS microdisplays delivering 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with an 8 µm pixel pitch, the latest models in the PLUTO range enable use with higher incident power lasers due to the coating’s reduction of absorption.
Three models are currently available: the PLUTO-UV-043, PLUTO-VIS-056 and PLUTO-NIR-049 for use in the UV, visible and IR respectively. All PLUTO SLMs are plug & play, offer fast full digital addressing, and can be programmed with phase functions via a standard graphics card as an extended monitor device using the supplied software.
Please contact us for more details.
Next week, Elliot Scientific will be exhibiting at the Oxford Photonics Day. This free (registration required) event – with lunch and refreshments – is being held on Wednesday,October 8th in the University’s Department of Engineering Science.
The programme will include a broad range of presentations from researchers at the University of Oxford, and elsewhere, on subjects such as:
- Adaptive optics for super-resolution imaging
- Quantum tomography
- Shaping light for imaging and manipulation
- Plasmonic resonant holograms
We look forward to seeing you there.
Next week, SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego will be hosting a conference stream entitled Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI that runs from Sunday August 17th until the 21st.
There will be twenty sessions in total, chaired by two of the leading researchers in the field and both champions of Optical Tweezers: Kishan Dholakia of the University of St. Andrews, and Gabriel C. Spalding from the Illinois Wesleyan University. Topics covered will include:
- Toward (Or In) the Quantum Limit of Opto-Mechanics
- Beam Shaping and Aberration/Wavefront Correction
- Helicity and Optical Angular Momentum
- Optically Driven Microrheology and Mechanical Properties
- Using the Photonic Toolbox to Study Cells and Their Organelles
- Enhanced Sensitivity and Resolution of Optical Force Actuators
- Single-Molecule Manipulation and Study
- Photonic Devices for Optically Induced Forces
- Near-Field Micromanipulation, Plasmonic, and Nanoparticle Trapping
- Studies of Active Swimmers/Hydrodynamics
- Statistical Mechanics of Small Systems
- Optical Manipulation of Matter through Gaseous Media
- Optical Sorting, Optical Lab-on-a-Chip, and Microfluidics
- Optically Bound Matter
- Optofluidics and Optically Shaped Structures
- Optically Manipulated Robotics and Novel Samples
Although Elliot Scientific will not be exhibiting at this event, we would still like to wish all conference attendees a good week.