Using polarization-shaped optical vortex traps for single-cell nanosurgery.

  title={Using polarization-shaped optical vortex traps for single-cell nanosurgery.},
  author={Gavin D. M. Jeffries and John Scott Edgar and Yiqiong Zhao and Johanna Shelby and Christine Fong and Daniel T Chiu},
  journal={Nano letters},
  volume={7 2},
Single-cell nanosurgery and the ability to manipulate nanometer-sized subcellular structures with optical tweezers has widespread applications in biology but so far has been limited by difficulties in maintaining the functionality of the transported subcellular organelles. This difficulty arises because of the propensity of optical tweezers to photodamage the trapped object. To address this issue, this paper describes the use of a polarization-shaped optical vortex trap, which exerts less… CONTINUE READING

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