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Optical manipulation and rotation of liquid crystal drops using high-index fiber-optic tweezers
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FIG. 1.

(Color) (a) Optical image of the high-index fiber used for optical trapping and manipulation. (b) Schematic of a focused beam from a tapered bismuth lens fiber. is the fiber tip radius of curvature, is the spot size, and is the focal length. (c) Cross-polarizer image of a bipolar liquid crystal drop. Inset: sketch of the director field as inferred from the image. (d) Calculated focal length and (e) spot size for a lens fiber with a mode field radius of vs the fiber tip radius of curvature.

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FIG. 2.

Experimental setup for manipulation and observation of liquid crystal drops. The lens fiber acts as both an optical trap by focusing laser radiation and as a probe by capturing the backscattered radiation.

Image of FIG. 3.
FIG. 3.

(Color) [(a)–(c)] Cross-polarizer images of a bipolar liquid crystal drop trapped with the fiber-optic tweezers for different orientations of its average optic axis; we achieved this by rotating the wave plate by (a) 0°, (b) 90°, and (c) 180°. The texture is recovered after 180° rotation. (d) Measured frequency of rotation for drops of (●) and (□) as a function of the power of a circularly polarized incident light. (b) Intensity modulation observed in the backscattered radiation due to the rotation of the trapped liquid crystal drop.


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Scitation: Optical manipulation and rotation of liquid crystal drops using high-index fiber-optic tweezers