An automated data acquisition and processing system is established to measure the force applied by an optical trap to an object of unknown composition in real time. Optical traps have been in use for the past 40 years to manipulate microscopic particles, but the magnitude of applied force is often unknown and requires extensive instrument characterization. Measuring or calculating the force applied by an optical trap to nonspherical particles presents additional difficulties which are also overcome with our system. Extensive experiments and measurements using well-characterized objects were performed to verify the system performance.
Glaser, Joseph; Hoeprich, David; and Resnick, Andrew, "Near Real-Time Measurement of Forces Applied by An Optical Trap to A Rigid Cylindrical Object" (2014). Physics Faculty Publications. 248.
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