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Single-Beam Optical Conveyor Belt for Chiral Particles

Fernandes, D. E. ; Silveirinha, M. G.

Physical Review Applied Vol. 6, Nº 014016, pp. 1 - 9, July, 2016.

ISSN (print): 2331-7019
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 2,45 (in 2016)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.6.014016

A different paradigm is proposed to selectively manipulate and transport small engineered chiral particles and discriminate different enantiomers using unstructured chiral light. It is theoretically shown that the response of a chiral metamaterial particle may be tailored to enable an optical conveyor-belt operation with no optical traps, such that for a fixed incident light helicity the nanoparticle is either steadily pushed towards the direction of the photon flow or steadily pulled against the photon flow, independent of its position. Our findings create distinct opportunities for unconventional optical manipulations of tailored nanoparticles and may have applications in sorting racemic mixtures of artificial chiral molecules and in particle delivery.