Jul 23 – 26, 2018
Max Planck Institute for the science of light
Europe/Berlin timezone

Talking about optical forces: what light can and cannot do

Jul 26, 2018, 10:00 AM
Seminar room (Max Planck Institute for the science of light)

Seminar room

Max Planck Institute for the science of light

Staudtstraße 2 91058 Erlangen


Prof. Monika Ritsch-Marte (Med. University of Innsbruck)


It has long been known that light does not only carry energy, but also momentum. Yet only recently has the “optical force” been turned into a technology. Optical tweezers enable precise and controllable manipulations of microscopic particles and provide a means to measure forces on the level of mechanical activities in living cells. I will discuss some recent advances, some controversies, and some remaining challenges of optical micro-manipulation in various scenarios from astrophysics to biophotonics

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