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It is known that a properly arranged distribution of nanoholes on a metallic slab is able to produce, in far field conditions, light confinement at sub-diffraction and even sub-wavelength scale. The same effect can also be implemented by the use of Optical Eigenmode (OEi) technique. In this case, a spatial light modulator (SLM) encodes phase and amplitudes of N probe beams whose interference is able to lead to sub-wavelength confinement of light focused by an objective. The OEi technique has been already used in a wide range of applications, such as photoporation, confocal imaging, and coherent control of plasmonic nanoantennas. Here, we describe the application of OEi technique to a single valve of a marine diatom. Diatoms are ubiquitous monocellular algae provided with an external cell wall, the frustule, made of hydrated porous silica which play an active role in efficient light collection and confinement for …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
25 Feb 2014

L Lavanga, Edoardo De Tommasi, AC De Luca, P Dardano, Mario De Stefano, Luca De Stefano, I Rendina, K Dholakia, M Mazilu

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Volume: 8999 Pages: 899916
Complex Light and Optical Forces VIII