New Trends on Optical Fiber Tweezers

Rita S Rodrigues Ribeiro, Olivier Soppera, Abel Martin Oliva, Ariel Guerreiro, Pedro A S Jorge

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In the last few decades, optical trapping has played an unique role concerning contactless trapping and manipulation of biological specimens. More recently, optical fiber tweezers (OFTs) are emerging as a desirable alternative to bulk optical systems. In this paper, an overview of the state of the art of OFTs is presented, focusing on the main fabrication methods, their features and main achievements. In addition, new OFTs fabricated by guided wave photo polymerization are reported. Their theoretical and experimental characterization is given and results demonstrating its application in the manipulation of yeast cells and the organelles of plant cells are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7130565
Pages (from-to)3394-3405
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2015


  • Chemical Etch
  • Focused Ion Beam
  • Heating and Drawing
  • Optical Fiber Tweezers
  • Optical Trapping
  • Polishing
  • Two Photon Lithography


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