Directional Optical Sorting of Silicon Nanoparticles

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ACS Photonics, 2017, 4 (9), pp. 2312 - 2319
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© 2017 American Chemical Society. Optical manipulation of nanoparticles is a topic of great practical importance, with applications in surface science, colloidal chemistry, microfluidics, biochemistry, and medicine. One of the major highlights of this topic is particle sorting, which serves to create monodisperse systems remotely and to separate particles of different composition and size. Here, we analyze optical forces acting on spherical silicon nanoparticles that exhibit high-quality Mie resonances and demonstrate the potential of optical sorting methods for these systems. In particular, we propose multidirectional static sorting of nanoparticles using noncollinear beams with different wavelengths, which results in all-optical separation into an angular spectrum of sizes. We also validate the proposed methods by considering the operation in the presence of Brownian motion and in the evanescent wave configuration.
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