Plasmonic optical fiber for bacteria manipulation—characterization and visualization of accumulation behavior under plasmo-thermal trapping

Posted on 08.06.2021 - 16:53
In this article, we demonstrate a plasmo-thermal bacterial accumulation effect using a miniature plasmonic optical fiber. Combined action of far-field convection and a near-field trapping force (referred to as thermophoresis)—induced by highly localized plasmonic heating—enabled large-area accumulation of Escherichia coli. The estimated thermophoretic trapping force agreed with previous reports, and we applied speckle imaging analysis to map the in-plane bacterial velocities over large areas. This is the first time that spatial mapping of bacterial velocities has been achieved in this setting. Thus, this analysis technique provides opportunities to better understand this phenomenon and to drive it towards in vivo applications.

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Kim, Jang; Yeatman, Eric.; Thompson, Alex (2021): Plasmonic optical fiber for bacteria manipulation—characterization and visualization of accumulation behavior under plasmo-thermal trapping. The Optical Society. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5341991.v2
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