Optical Tweezers Group
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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Dr Phil Jones

Chris Fury

Chris Richards

Tom Smart

Nick Tidy

Kiran Govind

Alice Shipley


Onofrio Marago; NanoSoft Lab, IPCF-CNR, Messina, Sicily

Giovanni Volpe; Soft Matter Lab, Bilkent University, Ankara

Eleanor Stride; Biomedical Ultrasonics & Biotherapy Lab, Oxford University

Ferruccio Renzoni; Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCL

NOIs Collaboration; UC Cork, TU Wien, U Innsbruck & Institute of Spectroscopy, Moscow

UCL Ultra-High Resolution Microscopy Collaboration; Jonathan Ashmore, Angus Bain & Guy Moss

Gianluca Memoli; National Physical Laboratory

Jixiong Pu; Huaqiao University

An experimental research group, based in the Biological Physics (BioP) section of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL.


The UCL Optical Tweezers Group, autumn 2013
(L-R) Chris F, Tom, Chris R, Alessandro

P H Jones, O M Marago & G Volpe

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"...it is quite simply excellent..."

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Available from CUP or Amazon from 03 Dec 2015

'Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures' Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) ranked in the top 1% of cited papers in Physics in Web of Science

Defining the Roadmap for Understanding the Physics of Life, Wed 27 Jan 16 at the Natural History Museum

LCN/Physics/School of Pharmacy "Meet & greet" event, 10am Wed 20 Jan 16

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications published by Cambridge University Press, 03 Dec 15.

Review paper Red blood cells in retinal vascular disorders published as Blood Cells, Molecules and Diseases 56 53-61 (2016)

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications book website now live at opticaltweezers.org

OSA Lecture by Prof Donna Strickland; Fri 13 Nov, 4pm at City U

OSA London Local Section meeting at City U; Fri 13 Nov

LCN colloquium by Prof Nynnke Dekker on The impact of physics on discoveries in the biomolecular world, Wed 11 Nov 15

PHAS2901 "press conference" on deformability measurements on red blood cells: 1.30pm Tue 03 Nov

Movie of red blood cell being stretched by optical tweezers on our YouTube channel

Tom is visiting Onofrio Marago at IPCF-CNR, Messina on a Short-Term Scientific Mission under the COST Action on Optofluidics

Nick is visiting the Biological Soft Matter Group of Dr Tsutomu Hamada at JAIST from Mon 12 Oct

Welcome to new group members for 2015-16 Kiran Govind and Alice Shipley

Our paper Assessment of red blood cell deformability by optical tweezers in diabetic retinopathy has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports

SPIE conference proceedings from OTOM XII published including our papers on red blood cell deformability, fluctuation correlations of trapped particles, and dynamical stabilisation.

A Step-by-step Guide to the Realisation of Advanced Optical Tweezers is the ninth most downloaded paper from JOSA B in August 2015

Our paper Evanescent wave optical binding forces on spherical microparticles has been published as Optics Letters 40 4042-4045 (2015)

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