Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications

The textbook Optical Tweezers: Principles and Applications, by P H Jones, O M Marago and G Volpe was published in Europe in 2015, and in the Americas in February 2016.  

Combining state-of-the-art research with a strong pedagogic approach, this text provides a detailed and complete guide to the theory, practice and applications of optical tweezers. In-depth derivation of the theory of optical trapping and numerical modelling of optical forces are supported by a complete step-by-step design and construction guide for building optical tweezers, with detailed tutorials on collecting and analysing data. Also included are comprehensive reviews of optical tweezers research in fields ranging from cell biology to quantum physics. Featuring numerous exercises and problems throughout, this is an ideal self-contained learning package for advanced lecture and laboratory courses, and an invaluable guide to practitioners wanting to enter the field of optical manipulation. The text is supplemented by www.opticaltweezers.org, a forum for discussion and a source of additional material including free-to-download, customisable research-grade software (OTS) for calculation of optical forces, digital video microscopy, optical tweezers calibration and holographic optical tweezers.

"...it is quite simply excellent..." (M Padgett)
"...an amazing Optical Tweezers Software toolbox..." (J J Saenz)
"...a must for all Ph.D. students, researchers, and engineers [...] dealing with optical tweezers..." (M I Mishchenko)

Dr Zhirong Liu joins the group

Dr Zhirong Liu has joined the UCL Optical Tweezers Group as a China Scholarship Council finded visiting researcher.  Dr Liu is an Associate Professor at East China Jiaotong University where his research interests include optical trapping, wave propagation and scattering.  He will be staying with us for one year to work on both experiments and theory of optical tweezers.