Near-field photonic forces

M. Nieto-Vesperinas, P. C. Chaumet, A. Rahmani

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A review of recent advancements in photonic forces is presented. We discuss in detail the interaction of light and sub-wavelength particles on a substrate illuminated by total internal reflection, and we study the optical forces experienced by the particles. The effects of plasmon-mode excitations on the resulting photonic forces on metallic particles are also addressed. Moreover, we explore the possibility of using the metallic tip of a classical apertureless microscope to create optical tweezers, and thus to achieve a selective manipulation of nanoparticles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-737
Number of pages19
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
Issue number1817
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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    Nieto-Vesperinas, M., Chaumet, P. C., & Rahmani, A. (2004). Near-field photonic forces. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 362(1817), 719-737.