Enhanced particle transport in an oscillating sinusoidal optical potential

W. Mu*, Z. Liu, L. Luan, G. Wang, G. C. Spalding, J. B. Ketterson

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We have studied the delivery of a colloidal particle in the presence of an oscillating, spatially periodic, optical potential. The average particle velocity relative to the fluid velocity in this potential depends greatly on the oscillation amplitude and frequency. The results of both our simulations and experiments show that for some combinations of these parameters, the average particle transportation velocity can be enhanced due to the synchronization of the particle's movement with the oscillating potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103017
JournalNew Journal of Physics
StatePublished - Oct 5 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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