Optical Trapping Applications (OTA)

Optical Trapping Applications (OTA)

Optical Trapping Applications encompasses all areas of particle manipulation and measurement, from optical manipulation to acoustic trapping, emphasizing new and developing application areas.

This meeting covers the whole range of topical particle manipulation technologies currently being developed for studies in biophysics, single molecule, single cell and tissue level analysis, lab-on-a-chip development, optoechanical cooling, environmental monitoring and theoretical underpinnings. Technologies to be considered include optical tweezers and associated techniques, but will try and capture synergies between different trapping and manipulation modalities such as acoustic trapping and electrical trapping with a view to encouraging discussion between different user groups and the development of new hybrid techniques.

Topic Categories

Optical manipulation fundamentals and technologies
  • Holographic optical tweezers and beam shaping, adapative optics techniques
  • Particle dynamics
  • Optomechanical cooling
  • Cell stretching
  • Mircorheology
  • High force optical tweezers
  • Photophoresis
  • Optical trap modeling and theoretical underpinnings
  • Nanoparticle manipulation
  • Plasmonic manipulation

Optical manipulation applications
  • Single molecule biophysics
  • Cellular mechanics and mechanotransduction
  • Cellular adhesion
  • Environmental sensing and aerosol analysis
  • Laser cellular surgery and photoporation
  • Optofluidics/microfluidics
  • Integration with spectroscopic techniques

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
Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia Univ., USA, Optical Neuroimaging, PLENARY
Abstract: From 3D microscopy of cellular structures, to measurements of neuronal dynamics and blood flow, optical methods permit diverse investigations of the living brain. The latest photoactivation and optical neuroimaging approaches and applications will be reviewed.

Duco Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ., USA, Photonic Neural Interfaces: Current State and Future Challenges, PLENARY
Abstract: I will present an overview of the concepts and applications of optical nerve stimulation and inhibition with a focus on characterization of this technique, mechanistic studies as well as on several applications and device development.

Sunney Xie, Harvard Univ., USA, Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine, PLENARY
Abstract: Stimulated Raman scattering microscopy is a label-free and noninvasive imaging technique using vibrational spectroscopy as the contrast. Recent advances have allowed significant improvements in sensitivity, selectivity, robustness, and cost; opening a wide range of biomedical applications.

Wei Cheng, University of Michigan, United States, Optical Trapping "Virometry", Invited

Tijmen Euser, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany, Laser Propulsion and Optothermal Trapping of Particles in Air-Filled Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fiber, Invited

Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria, Canada, Double Nanohole Aperture Optical Trapping, Invited

Colin Hebert, US Naval Research Laboratory, Antibody-Free Optical Analysis of Mammalian Cells, Invited

Ulrich Keyser, University of Cambridge, Investigating Membrane Transport with Optical Tweezers, Invited

Mark Neil, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Optical Manipulation of Chemically Functionalised Emulsions and Suspensions for Single Cell Analysis, Invited

Darwin Palima, DTU Fotonik, Denmark, Optical Micromanipulation of Freestanding Microstructures with Embedded Waveguides, Invited

Peter Reece, University of New South Wales, Australia, Using Spectroscopic Techniques to Interrogate Trapping Dynamics of Nanoscale Objects, Invited

Alexander Rohrbach, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, Object Adapted Optical Trapping and Super-resolution Imaging of Energy Switching Helical Bacteria, Invited

Erik Schäffer, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tubingen, Germany, A Nanonewton Optical Force Trap, Invited

Gabriel Spalding, Illinois Wesleyan University, United States, Tailoring Acoustic Beam Momentum and Angular Momentum, Invited

Jun Tanida, Osaka University, Japan, Optical Manipulation of Liquid-based Microreactors in Optofluidic DNA Computation, Invited

Megan Valentine, University of California Santa Barbara, United States, Microscale Manipulation by Ndfeb-Based Magnetic Tweezers: Applications to Microrheology, Invited

Pavel Zemanek, Institute of Scientific Instruments ASCR, Czech Republic, Microstructures Self-Arranged by Light, Invited

General Chairs

Carlos Lopez-Mariscal, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
David McGloin, University of Dundee, UK

Program Chairs

Elliot Botvinick, Univ. of California at Irvine, USA
Steve Neal, Univ. of Glasgow, UK

Program Committee

Andrew Forbes, CSIR National Laser Centre, South Africa
Jesper Glückstad, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
Brooke Hester, Appalachian State University, USA
Tony Jun Huang, Pennsylvania State Univ., USA
Steve Lee, Univ. of New South Wales, Australia
Jack Ng, Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
Ruben Ramos-Garcia, Inst. Nat Astrofisica Optica Electronica, Mexico
General Session with Plenary Speakers
  • Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia Univ., USA, Optical Neuroimaging
  • Duco Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ., USA, Photonic Neural Interfaces: Current State and Future Challenges
  • Sunney Xie, Harvard Univ., USA, Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine
Special Symposium - Photons Across Medicine
During the Optics in Life Science Congress a special symposium will be held about the use of photons across medical imaging. The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging is the co-organizer of the symposium.
  • Ali Azhdarinia, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
  • Simon Cherry, Univ. of California Davis, USA
  • Eva Sevick, Brown Foundation Inst. of Molecular Medicine, USA
  • Henry VanBrocklin, Univ. of California San Francisco, USA

Hawaiian Luau
Join your fellow attendees and kick off the Congress with a Hawaiian Luau! Enjoy delectable contemporary and traditional Polynesian fare as well as some familiar favorite dishes. This is a great opportunity to network and enjoy a drink with colleagues in a beautiful Hawaiian setting. The reception is open to all full technical attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Poster Sessions
The Congress will feature one set of posters that will be available during two sessions for attendees to view. The sessions will take place in the exhibit hall. Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties.

Cooperating Society:

Endorsed by:

OSK - Optical Society of Korea

TPS - Taiwan Photonics Society

AOS - Australian Optical Society

COS - Chinese Optical Society

Japan Society of Applied Physics

OSJ - Optical Society of Japan