Light Robotics: an all-optical nano- and micro-toolbox

Jesper Glückstad, Mark Jayson Villangca, Darwin Palima, Andrew Bañas

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Recently we proposed the concept of so-called Light Robotics including the new and disruptive 3D fabricated micro-tools coined Wave-guided Optical Waveguides that can be real-time optically manipulated and remote-controlled with a joystick in a volume with six-degrees-of-freedom. Exploring the full potential of this new ‘drone-like’ light-driven micro-robotics in challenging microscopic geometries requires a versatile and real-time reconfigurable light addressing that can dynamically track a plurality of tiny micro-robots in 3D to ensure continuous optimal light coupling on the fly. Our latest developments in this new and exciting research area will be reviewed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE : Complex Light and Optical Forces XI
Number of pages8
PublisherSPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2017
Article number101201A
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventComplex Light and Optical Forces XI: SPIE Conference 10120 - The Moscone Center, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 31 Jan 20172 Feb 2017


ConferenceComplex Light and Optical Forces XI
LocationThe Moscone Center
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
SeriesProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering

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  • Light-driven micro-robotics
  • Micro-fabrication
  • Optical tracking
  • Holography
  • Generalized phase contrast

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