Optical trapping with superfocused high-M2 laser diode beam

G.S. Sokolovskii, V.V. Dudelev, V. Melissinaki, S.N. Losev, K.K. Soboleva, A.G. Deryagin, V.I. Kuchinskii, M. Farsari, W. Sibbett, E.U. Rafailov

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Many applications of high-power laser diodes demand tight focusing. This is often not possible due to the multimode nature of semiconductor laser radiation possessing beam propagation parameter M2 values in double-digits. We propose a method of 'interference' superfocusing of high-M2 diode laser beams with a technique developed for the generation of Bessel beams based on the employment of an axicon fabricated on the tip of a 100 μm diameter optical fiber with highprecision direct laser writing. Using axicons with apex angle 140º and rounded tip area as small as 10 μm diameter, we demonstrate 2-4 μm diameter focused laser 'needle' beams with approximately 20 μm propagation length generated from multimode diode laser with beam propagation parameter M2=18 and emission wavelength of 960 nm. This is a few-fold reduction compared to the minimal focal spot size of 11 μm that could be achieved if focused by an 'ideal' lens of unity numerical aperture. The same technique using a 160º axicon allowed us to demonstrate few-μm-wide laser 'needle' beams with nearly 100 μm propagation length with which to demonstrate optical trapping of 5-6 μm rat blood red cells in a water-heparin solution. Our results indicate the good potential of superfocused diode laser beams for applications relating to optical trapping and manipulation of microscopic objects including living biological objects with aspirations towards subsequent novel lab-on-chip configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser resonators, microresonators, and beam control XVII
EditorsAlexis V. Kudryashov, Alan H. Paxton, Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Lutz Aschke, Kunihiko Washio
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-6284-1433-2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2015
EventLaser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVII - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 9 Feb 201512 Feb 2015

Publication series

NameSPIE proceedings
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceLaser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

Bibliographical note

G. S. Sokolovskii ; V. V. Dudelev ; V. Melissinaki ; S. N. Losev ; K. K. Soboleva ; A. G. Deryagin ; V. I. Kuchinskii ; M. Farsari ; W. Sibbett and E. U. Rafailov, "Optical trapping with superfocused high-M2 laser diode beam", Proc. SPIE 9343, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVII, 93430Q (March 3, 2015).

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2078957


  • Bessel beams
  • laser diodes
  • optical manipulation
  • superfocusing


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