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
30m
Seminar room (Max Planck Institute for the science of light)

Seminar room

Max Planck Institute for the science of light

Staudtstraße 2 91058 Erlangen

Speaker

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

Description

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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