Light at work: the use of optical forces for particle manipulation, sorting, and analysis

Electrophoresis. 2008 Dec;29(24):4813-51. doi: 10.1002/elps.200800484.


We review the combinations of optical micro-manipulation with other techniques and their classical and emerging applications to non-contact optical separation and sorting of micro- and nanoparticle suspensions, compositional and structural analysis of specimens, and quantification of force interactions at the microscopic scale. The review aims at inspiring researchers, especially those working outside the optical micro-manipulation field, to find new and interesting applications of these methods.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Lasers
  • Microfluidic Analytical Techniques / methods*
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry
  • Optics and Photonics / instrumentation*
  • Optics and Photonics / methods*
  • Refractometry / methods