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Title: Graded-index optical dimer formed by optical force

We propose an optical dimer formed from two spherical lenses bound by the pressure that light exerts on matter. With the help of the method of force tracing, we find the required graded-index profiles of the lenses for the existence of the dimer. We study the dynamics of the opto-mechanical interaction of lenses under the illumination of collimated light beams and quantitatively validate the performance of the proposed dimer. We also examine the stability of the dimer due to the lateral misalignments and we show how restoring forces bring the dimer into lateral equilibrium. The dimer can be employed in various practical applications such as optical manipulation, sensing and imaging.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [4]
  1. Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas, Crete (Greece). Inst. of Electronic Structure and Laser
  2. Ames Lab. and Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  3. Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas, Crete (Greece). Inst. of Electronic Structure and Laser; Univ. of Crete, Heraklion (Greece). Dept. of Materials Science and Technology
  4. Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas, Crete (Greece). Inst. of Electronic Structure and Laser; Ames Lab. and Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
IS-J-9031
Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087; OPEXFF
Grant/Contract Number:
ERC Advanced Grant No. 320081 (PHOTOMETA); AC02-07CH11358
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Publisher:
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING
OSTI Identifier:
1253646
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1321915