Holographic Optical Tweezers

  • Mike WoerdemannEmail author
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)


Holographic optical tweezers (HOT) employ a relatively simple form of holographic beam-shaping that produces discrete, point-like intensity peaks in the optical trapping plane, each of which acts as a single optical tweezer. For each tweezer, lateral position and axial position can be determined individually by means of accordingly prepared holograms that split the incident wave front and set propagation angles and divergence properties. After a short discussion on the fundamental concepts of HOT and a brief review of the extensive literature emphasising applications in colloidal sciences, this chapter introduces two novel applications of HOT. The first application addresses the urgent demand for full position and orientation control on rod-shaped bacteria.


Optical Tweezer Spatial Light Modulator Optical Trap Orientation Control Diffractive Optical Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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