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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Dr Phil Jones

Dr Zhirong Liu

Dr Piotr Wasylczyk

Chris Fury

Chris Richards

Tom Smart

Nick Tidy

Natalia Tokarova

Ines Hidalgo Manzanera


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

Giovanni Volpe; Soft Matter Lab, Bilkent University, Ankara

Burcin Unlu; Medical Physics Group, Bogazici University, Istanbul

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

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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Our paper Optically bound colloidal lattices in evanescent optical fields has been accepted for publication in Optics Letters

Ines Hidalgo Manzanera has joined the group for a MAPS3000 project on Optical tweezers in cell biology

Natalia Tokarova has joned the group for an MSci project on Microswimmers

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 150 citations (Scopus)

SPIE conference proceedings from OTOM XIII 'Optical Kapitza pendulum' published

Tom is attending the PHOTON16 conference with a poster about our work on dynamical stabilisation

Dr Piotr Wasylczyk has joined the group as a visiting researcher

Phil will be at SPIE OTOM XIII in San Diego to give a talk on our work on dynamical stabilization (Sun 28 Aug)

Weronika Lamperska has joined the group as a visiting student, Aug 2016

Paper Photonic torque microscopy of the non-conservative force field for optically trapped silicon nanowires published as Nano Lett. 16 4181 (2016)

Postdoc position on manipulation and destruction of cancer cells using optical and acoustic forces available.  Contact Phil for details

Congratulations to Chris F on passing his viva

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications reviewed in OSA Optics & Photonics News: "destined to become a classic"

Paper Analysis of the uncertainty in microbubble characterisation published in Ultrasound Med Biol 6 1412 (2016)

Hayden Fu has joined the group for a summer research project on optical fibre traps

MSci Projects for Physics & Natural Sciences students available for 2016-17.  See moodle database or contact Phil for details.

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications sold out in the UK.  More stock coming soon!

Phil is giving a talk at the Highland Spring School on Mesoscopic Physics, Trest CZ, 16-18 May 16

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications featured in Nature Photonics New titles at a glance

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