Reuven Gordon plenary: Nano-Bio-Optomechanics: Nanoaperture Tweezers Probe Single Nanoparticles, Proteins, and their Interactions
A plenary talk from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015.
Utilizing conventional optical tweezers requires very high intensities for the length scale of individual proteins (1 to 50 nm), causing severe damage to the sample. In this Nanoscience/Engineering plenary talk, Reuven Gordon of the University of Victoria (Canada), presents a modified optical tweezer which utilizes nanoholes to trap very small objects with less than 1 mW of light power.
A traditional optical tweezer holds ~100 nm objects at the beam's waist for a period of time so that researchers may observe the sample's properties. Gordon's nanoholes hold 1-50 nm objects in the center of an aperture; while an object is trapped, the transmission through the aperture increases significantly. By increasing the power to 1 mW, Gordon's modified optical tweezers can hold samples basically indefinitely.
Reuven Gordon is the Canada Research Chair in Nanoplasmonics and a Professor in ECE, University of Victoria. His recent distinctions include the Craigdarroch Silver Medal, an AGAUR Visiting Professorship, and an Accelerate BC Industry Impact Award.