- Incoherent Optical Tweezers on Black Titanium
- Sayaka Hashimoto, Yuki Uenobo, Ryota Takao, Ken-ichi Yuyama, Tatsuya Shoji, Denver P. Linklater, Elena Ivanova, Saulius Juodkazis, Tatsuya Kameyama, Tsukasa Torimoto, Yasuyuki Tsuboi*
- ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 13 (2021), 27586-27593.
- DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c04929
Optical tweezers enable the manipulation of micro- and nanodielectric particles through entrapment using a tightly focused laser. Generally, optical trapping of submicron size particles requires high-intensity light in the order of MW/cm2. Here, we demonstrate a technique of stable optical trapping of submicron polymeric beads on nanostructured titanium surfaces (black-Ti) without the use of lasers. Fluorescent polystyrene beads with a diameter d = 20–500 nm were successfully trapped on black-Ti by low-intensity focused illumination of incoherent light at λ = 370 m from a Hg lamp. Light intensity was 5.5 W/cm2, corresponding to a reduced light intensity of 6 orders of magnitude. Upon switching off illumination, trapped particles were released from the illuminated area, indicating that trapping was optically driven and reversible. Such trapping behavior was not observed on nonstructured Ti surfaces or on nanostructured silicon surfaces. Thus, the Ti nanostructures were demonstrated to play a key role.https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.1c04929