Light-Assisted, Templated Self Assembly Using Photonic Crystal Slabs
University of Southern California Marina del Rey United States
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In this thesis we have successfully demonstrated the technique that we call light-assisted, templated self assembly. In the first demonstration we successfully trapped an array of 520 nm polystyrene particles above a square lattice. The number of particles trapped was well above 100, and could be increased by using a larger beam or a mode with a larger quality factor. The traps were characterized using standard techniques and were found to have stiffness values comparable to those reported elsewhere in the literature for single-particle traps.