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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Dr Phil Jones

Chris Fury

Chris Richards

Tom Smart

Xiang Han

Nick Tidy

Stefan Siwiak-Jaszek


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

Photonics Special Issue

There will be a Special Issue of the Journal Photonics on the theme of Optical Trapping in Biology and Nanotechnology, due for publication in August 2015.  Submit papers by 15 May 15.

Our paper A Step-by-step Guide to the Realisation of Advanced Optical Tweezers is in the top 10 most downloaded papers from JOSAB in April 2015

MSci projects for Physics and Natural Sciences students available for 2015-16.  Contact Phil Jones for details. For examples of previous projects in the group see here

Our paper A Step-by-step Guide to the Realisation of Advanced Optical Tweezers has been published as JOSA B 32 B84-B98 (2015)

Optics Express Focus Issue on Optical Cooling & Trapping now available

Evidence that our new optical fibre trap is working! See the movie of trapped particles in this video

Our paper Devil's Lens Optical Tweezers has been published as Optics Express 23 8190-8199 (2015)

Undergraduate vacation bursaries in UCL Physics available. Contact Phil if you are interested in a project in our group

Conference Proceedings from Compex Light & Optical Forces at SPIE Photonics West on Dynamical Stabilisation in Optical Tweezers now published

Phil is giving a talk at the UCL Institute for the Physics of Living Systems monthly meet-up on Optical tweezers for biology and soft matter; Wed 04 Mar 15

Crick Symposium: Biophysics and Bioengineering across scales - from molecules to tissues; Wed 25 Feb 15

Phil will be at SPIE Photonics West to give a talk about Dynamical Stabilisation in Optical Tweezers

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