Characterization of semiconductor nanowires using optical tweezers

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Nano Letters, 2011, 11 (6), pp. 2375 - 2381
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We report on the optical trapping characteristics of InP nanowires with dimensions of 30 (±6) nm in diameter and 2 - 15 μm in length. We describe a method for calibrating the absolute position of individual nanowires relative to the trapping center using synchronous high-speed position sensing and acousto-optic beam switching. Through Brownian dynamics we investigate effects of the laser power and polarization on trap stability, as well as length dependence and the effect of simultaneous trapping multiple nanowires. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
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