Applied Physics B

, Volume 84, Issue 1–2, pp 149–156 | Cite as

Analysis of optical binding in one dimension

  • V. Karásek
  • K. Dholakia
  • P. ZemánekEmail author


The redistribution of light between micro- or nanoobjects placed in counter-propagating laser fields leads to their steady-state spatial configurations. Under appropriate conditions, the objects are spatially separated and form optically bound matter. This is a very exciting phenomenon that is still not fully understood. In this article we present a new theoretical model of how to study this phenomenon, which is based on a coupled dipole method particularly amenable to nanoparticle optical binding. Predictions of this model are compared with experimental data and other theoretical models with satisfactory results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Scientific InstrumentsAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of St. AndrewsFifeScotland

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