Light-driven robotics for nanoscopy

Jesper Glückstad (Invited author), Darwin Palima (Invited author)

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The science fiction inspired shrinking of macro-scale robotic manipulation and handling down to the micro- and nanoscale regime opens new doors for exploiting the forces and torques of light for micro- and nanoscopic probing, actuation and control. Advancing light-driven micro-robotics requires the optimization of optical forces and torques that, in turn, requires optimization of the underlying light-matter interaction. This report is two-fold desribing the new use of proprietary strongholds we currently are harnessing in the Programmable Phase Optics in Denmark on new means of sculpting of both light and matter for robotically probing at the smallest biological length scales.
Original languageEnglish
Article number874804
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSPIE Defense, Security and Sensing : Optical Pattern Recognition XXIV - Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Duration: 29 Apr 20133 May 2013


ConferenceSPIE Defense, Security and Sensing : Optical Pattern Recognition XXIV
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore, Maryland

Bibliographical note

INVITED paper.


  • Nano-biophotonics
  • Optical robotics
  • Spatial light modulation
  • Nanoscopy
  • Optical manipulation


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