Near-field photonic forces

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Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 2004, 362 (1817), pp. 719 - 737
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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.
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