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Topological Insulator Particles As Optically Induced Oscillators: Toward Dynamical Force Measurements and Optical Rheology

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posted on 2018-01-03, 00:00 authored by W. H. Campos, J. M. Fonseca, V. E. de Carvalho, J. B. S. Mendes, M. S. Rocha, W. A. Moura-Melo
We report the first experimental study upon the optical trapping and manipulation of topological insulator (TI) particles. By virtue of the unique TI properties, which have a conducting surface and an insulating bulk, the particles present a peculiar behavior in the presence of a single laser beam optical tweezers: they oscillate in a plane perpendicular to the direction of the laser propagation. In other words, TI particles behave as optically induced oscillators, allowing dynamical measurements with unprecedented simplicity and purely optical control. Actually, optical rheology of soft matter interfaces and biological membranes, as well as dynamical force measurements in macromolecules and biopolymers, may be quoted as feasible possibilities for the near future.