Laser diodes in holographic optical tweezers


  • Sławomir Drobczyński Wrocław University of Technology
  • Jan Masajada Wrocław University of Technology
  • Marta Woźniak Wrocław University of Technology
  • Piotr Ziółkowski Wrocław University of Technology



Laser diodes are attractive sources of laser radiation in terms of price, size, controllability and availability of a wide spectrum of light emitted wavelengths. In this paper we present the use of three types of laser diodes in the holographic optical tweezers. We showed that they can be applied for effective trapping and live cells manipulation, despite their relatively small power.

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How to Cite

S. Drobczyński, J. Masajada, M. Woźniak, and P. Ziółkowski, “Laser diodes in holographic optical tweezers”, Photonics Lett. Pol., vol. 6, no. 1, pp. pp. 35–37, Mar. 2014.