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Title: Dynamics of submicron aerosol droplets in a robust optical trap formed by multiple Bessel beams

In this paper, we model the three-dimensional escape dynamics of single submicron-sized aerosol droplets in optical multiple Bessel beam traps. Trapping in counter-propagating Bessel beams (CPBBs) is compared with a newly proposed quadruple Bessel beam (QBB) trap, which consists of two perpendicularly arranged CPBB traps. Calculations are performed for perfectly and imperfectly aligned traps. Mie-theory and finite-difference time-domain methods are used to calculate the optical forces. The droplet escape kinetics are obtained from the solution of the Langevin equation using a Verlet algorithm. Provided the traps are perfectly aligned, the calculations indicate very long lifetimes for droplets trapped either in the CPBB or in the QBB trap. However, minor misalignments that are hard to control experimentally already severely diminish the stability of the CPBB trap. By contrast, such minor misalignments hardly affect the extended droplet lifetimes in a QBB trap. The QBB trap is found to be a stable, robust optical trap, which should enable the experimental investigation of submicron droplets with radii down to 100 nm. Optical binding between two droplets and its potential role in preventing coagulation when loading a CPBB trap is briefly addressed.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [1] ;  [3]
  1. Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 2, ETH Zurich, CH-8093 Zurich (Switzerland)
  2. (Greece)
  3. School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TS (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22273571
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 15; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; AEROSOLS; ALGORITHMS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DROPLETS; LANGEVIN EQUATION; LIFETIME; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; STABILITY; TRAPPING; TRAPS