Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors

S. Suwannasopon, F. Meyer, C. Schlickriede, P. Chaisakul, J. T-Thienprasert, J. Limtrakul, T. Zentgraf, N. Chattham, Crystals (2019).

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<jats:p>Surfaces covered with layers of ultrathin nanoantenna structures—so called metasurfaces have recently been proven capable of completely controlling phase of light. Metalenses have emerged from the advance in the development of metasurfaces providing a new basis for recasting traditional lenses into thin, planar optical components capable of focusing light. The lens made of arrays of plasmonic gold nanorods were fabricated on a glass substrate by using electron beam lithography. A 1064 nm laser was used to create a high intensity circularly polarized light focal spot through metalens of focal length 800 µm, N.A. = 0.6 fabricated based on Pancharatnam-Berry phase principle. We demonstrated that optical rotation of birefringent nematic liquid crystal droplets trapped in the laser beam was possible through this metalens. The rotation of birefringent droplets convinced that the optical trap possesses strong enough angular momentum of light from radiation of each nanostructure acting like a local half waveplate and introducing an orientation-dependent phase to light. Here, we show the success in creating a miniaturized and robust metalens based optical tweezers system capable of rotating liquid crystals droplets to imitate an optical motor for future lab-on-a-chip applications.</jats:p>
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Suwannasopon S, Meyer F, Schlickriede C, et al. Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors. Crystals. 2019. doi:10.3390/cryst9100515
Suwannasopon, S., Meyer, F., Schlickriede, C., Chaisakul, P., T-Thienprasert, J., Limtrakul, J., … Chattham, N. (2019). Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors. Crystals. https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst9100515
@article{Suwannasopon_Meyer_Schlickriede_Chaisakul_T-Thienprasert_Limtrakul_Zentgraf_Chattham_2019, title={Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors}, DOI={10.3390/cryst9100515}, number={515}, journal={Crystals}, author={Suwannasopon, Satayu and Meyer, Fabian and Schlickriede, Christian and Chaisakul, Papichaya and T-Thienprasert, Jiraroj and Limtrakul, Jumras and Zentgraf, Thomas and Chattham, Nattaporn}, year={2019} }
Suwannasopon, Satayu, Fabian Meyer, Christian Schlickriede, Papichaya Chaisakul, Jiraroj T-Thienprasert, Jumras Limtrakul, Thomas Zentgraf, and Nattaporn Chattham. “Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors.” Crystals, 2019. https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst9100515.
S. Suwannasopon et al., “Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors,” Crystals, 2019.
Suwannasopon, Satayu, et al. “Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors.” Crystals, 515, 2019, doi:10.3390/cryst9100515.

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