Measuring the complete force field of an optical trap

M. Jahnel, M. Behrndt, A. Jannasch, E. Schaeffer, S. Grill, Optics Letters 36 (2011) 1260–1262.


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The use of optical traps to measure or apply forces on the molecular level requires a precise knowledge of the trapping force field. Close to the trap center, this field is typically approximated as linear in the displacement of the trapped microsphere. However, applications demanding high forces at low laser intensities can probe the light-microsphere interaction beyond the linear regime. Here, we measured the full nonlinear force and displacement response of an optical trap in two dimensions using a dual-beam optical trap setup with back-focal-plane photodetection. We observed a substantial stiffening of the trap beyond the linear regime that depends on microsphere size, in agreement with Mie theory calculations. Surprisingly, we found that the linear detection range for forces exceeds the one for displacement by far. Our approach allows for a complete calibration of an optical trap.
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2011-03-30
Journal Title
Optics Letters
Volume
36
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7
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1260 - 1262
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Jahnel M, Behrndt M, Jannasch A, Schaeffer E, Grill S. Measuring the complete force field of an optical trap. Optics Letters. 2011;36(7):1260-1262. doi:10.1364/OL.36.001260
Jahnel, M., Behrndt, M., Jannasch, A., Schaeffer, E., & Grill, S. (2011). Measuring the complete force field of an optical trap. Optics Letters, 36(7), 1260–1262. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001260
Jahnel, Marcus, Martin Behrndt, Anita Jannasch, Erik Schaeffer, and Stephan Grill. “Measuring the Complete Force Field of an Optical Trap.” Optics Letters 36, no. 7 (2011): 1260–62. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001260.
M. Jahnel, M. Behrndt, A. Jannasch, E. Schaeffer, and S. Grill, “Measuring the complete force field of an optical trap,” Optics Letters, vol. 36, no. 7, pp. 1260–1262, 2011.
Jahnel M, Behrndt M, Jannasch A, Schaeffer E, Grill S. 2011. Measuring the complete force field of an optical trap. Optics Letters. 36(7), 1260–1262.
Jahnel, Marcus, et al. “Measuring the Complete Force Field of an Optical Trap.” Optics Letters, vol. 36, no. 7, OSA, 2011, pp. 1260–62, doi:10.1364/OL.36.001260.

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