OpTeC Colloquium: Optically Levitated Particles in Vacuum
- Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
- Roberts Hall - view map
Optical trapping of particles was first demonstrated in 1970 by Arthur Ashkin at Bell Labs. Since then, optical tweezers technology, where a sample is optically trapped while suspended in liquid, has flourished in the biological sciences. Recently, experiments have been proposed and performed that require particles to be optically trapped in air and vacuum. This presentation will provide a basic survey of the field of optically levitating particles in air and vacuum. In addition, experiments planned in the field at MSU Spectrum Lab will be presented.