Light-induced rotation of dielectric microparticles around an optical nanofiber

Published on 2020-01-10T21:40:02Z (GMT) by
We experimentally demonstrate orbiting of isotropic, dielectric microparticles around an optical nanofiber that guides elliptically polarized fundamental modes. The driving transverse radiation force appears in the evanescent electromagnetic fields due to orbital angular momentum. The force direction is opposite to that of the energy flow circulation around the nanofiber. Our results verify the theoretically predicted negative optical torque on a sufficiently large particle in the vicinity of a nanofiber.

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Tkachenko, Georgiy; Toftul, Ivan; Esporlas, Cindy Liza; Maimaiti, Aili; Le Kien, Fam; Truong, Viet Giang; et al. (2020): Light-induced rotation of dielectric microparticles around an optical nanofiber. The Optical Society. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.4602974.v1