Structured Light and Its Applications

An Introduction to Phase-Structured Beams and Nanoscale Optical Forces


  • David Andrews

New possibilities have recently emerged for producing optical beams with complex and intricate structures, and for the non-contact optical manipulation of matter. This book fully describes the electromagnetic theory, optical properties, methods and applications associated with this new technology. Detailed discussions are given of unique beam characteristics, such as optical vortices and other wavefront structures, the associated phase properties and photonic aspects, along with applications ranging from cold atom manipulation to optically driven micromachines.Features include:* Comprehensive and authoritative treatments of the latest research in this area of nanophotonics, written by the leading researchers * Accounts of numerous microfluidics, nanofabrication, quantum informatics and optical manipulation applications* Coverage that fully spans the subject area, from fundamental theory and simulations to experimental methods and resultsGraduate students and established researchers in academia, national laboratories and industry will find this book an invaluable guide to the latest technologies in this rapidly developing field.
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Researchers, optical engineers, bioengineers, nanotechnology scientists, graduate students


Book information

  • Published: April 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374027-4

Table of Contents

Introduction to Phase-Structured Electromagnetic WavesGeneration of Bessel, Laguerre-Gaussian, and Mathieu BeamsQuantum Optics of Structured LightOptical Angular Momentum and Optical VorticesSingular Optics and Phase PropertiesPhase-Structured Light and Nonlinear OpticsOptical Forces between NanoparticlesOptical Vortices and the Dynamics of Particle RotationRotating Optical TweezersNear-Field TrappingHolographic Optical TrappingRheological and Viscometric MeasurementsOptically Driven MicrofluidicsLiquid Crystal InteractionsOptical Binding and Optical MatterUltrasensitive Force Measurement in Physics and BiologyThe Control of Bose-Einstein CondensatesOptical Angular Momentum in Quantum Information and Computation