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Science and Mathematics

Soft Matter and Biological Physics Seminar: Professor Dustin Kleckner

April 14, 2023 at 11:00am12:00pm EDT

Physics Building, 202

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Professor Dustin Kleckner, Department of Physics at University of California, Merced

Self Organization with Light and Sound

Abstract: The idea of using light to manipulate individual particles is well known: optical traps are a widely used tool in biology and physics.  Far less well known is that light can also create inter-particle forces when two or more objects are placed in an intense, unfocussed light field.  This force — known as optical binding — has an unusual form and is highly tunable, making it an interesting candidate for studies in self-assembly.  I will describe our efforts to create an experimental platform to study the behavior of many optically bound colloids.  These experiments revealed an unexpected feature of optical binding forces: many body effects can produce significant non-conservative forces which drive the system out of equilibrium.  Finally, I will also describe our preliminary efforts to generate similar forces using sound instead of light.

This event was published on April 4, 2023.

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