Optical Trapping Applications (OTA)

12 - 15 April 2015
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver, Canada

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New and developing applications in particle manipulation and measurement using optical tweezers and affiliated techniques. 

Optical trapping has emerged as an invaluable tool for microscopy with extensive applications across the Life Sciences. OTA encompasses research into all aspects of particle manipulation, from the fundamental physics of particle-field interactions, to advanced application areas in Medicine and Biology. Technologies to be considered include optical tweezers and associated electrical, magnetic and acoustic techniques, with a focus on capturing synergies between different modalities and on novel bio-applications. OTA also covers applications in emerging fields of optofluidics, lab-on-a-chip, nanophotonics, plasmonics, fiber-based manipulation, aerosol analysis and holographic techniques.


1. Optical Manipulation Fundamentals and Technologies
  • Holographic optical tweezers and beam shaping, adaptive optics techniques
  • Particle dynamics
  • Opto-mechanical cooling
  • Cell stretching
  • Mircorheology
  • High force optical tweezers
  • Photophoresis
  • Optical trap modelling and theoretical underpinnings
  • Nanoparticle manipulation
  • Plasmonic manipulation
  • Integrated and near-field optical trapping

2. Optical Manipulation Applications
  • Single molecule biophysics
  • Cellular mechanics and mechanotransduction
  • Cellular adhesion
  • Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Nanoscale & quantum sensing
  • Environmental sensing and aerosol analysis
  • Laser cellular surgery and photoporation
  • Optofluidics/microfluidics
  • Integration with spectroscopic techniques

3. Alternative Particle Manipulation Techniques
  • Magnetic tweezers
  • Electrical manipulation: Electrodynamic balance, dielectrophoresis etc
  • Acoustic manipulation and trapping
  • Microfluidic manipulation
  • Optoelectronic Tweezers
  • AFM applied to techniques studied by optical manipulation