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Optical Fiber Tweezers: A Versatile Tool for Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Institute of Nanophotonics, Jinan University, Guangzhou 511443, China
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Micromachines 2020, 11(2), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi11020114
Received: 7 December 2019 / Revised: 10 January 2020 / Accepted: 16 January 2020 / Published: 21 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Optical Trapping and Manipulation: From Fundamentals to Applications)
Optical trapping is widely used in different areas, ranging from biomedical applications, to physics and material sciences. In recent years, optical fiber tweezers have attracted significant attention in the field of optical trapping due to their flexible manipulation, compact structure, and easy fabrication. As a versatile tool for optical trapping and manipulation, optical fiber tweezers can be used to trap, manipulate, arrange, and assemble tiny objects. Here, we review the optical fiber tweezers-based trapping and manipulation, including dual fiber tweezers for trapping and manipulation, single fiber tweezers for trapping and single cell analysis, optical fiber tweezers for cell assembly, structured optical fiber for enhanced trapping and manipulation, subwavelength optical fiber wire for evanescent fields-based trapping and delivery, and photothermal trapping, assembly, and manipulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: optical fiber tweezers; optical trapping and manipulation; optical force; photothermal effect; evanescent fields; cell trapping and assembly optical fiber tweezers; optical trapping and manipulation; optical force; photothermal effect; evanescent fields; cell trapping and assembly
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Zhao, X.; Zhao, N.; Shi, Y.; Xin, H.; Li, B. Optical Fiber Tweezers: A Versatile Tool for Optical Trapping and Manipulation. Micromachines 2020, 11, 114.

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