Conference proceedings 'Plasmon-enhanced optical trapping of metal nanoparticles: force calculations and light-driven rotations of nanoaggregates' published as O. M. Maragò et al Proc. SPIE Vol. 7762, 77622Z (2010).
Abstract: We investigate experimentally and theoretically plasmon-enhanced optical trapping of metal nanoparticles. We calculate the optical forces on gold and silver nanospheres through a procedure based on the Maxwell stress tensor in the transition T-matrix formalism. We compare our calculations with experimental results finding excellent agreement. We also demonstrate how light-driven rotations can be generated and detected in non-symmetric nanorods aggregates. Analyzing the motion correlations of the trapped nanostructures, we measure with high accuracy both the optical trapping parameters, and the rotation frequency induced by the radiation pressure.
The paper included some work done with our Royal Society IJP was presented at the conference Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VII by Onofrio Maragò.