Optical rotation of the shrunken multi-lamellar vesicle using optical tweezers

Chungil Ha, Kipom Kim, Kyung Eun Lee, Sung Sik Han, Hyuk Kyu Pak

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We study a geometrically anisotropic internal nano-layered structure of the shrunken multi-lamellar vesicle(SMLV) by using optical tweezers with a polarized beam. The SMLVs are synthesized from soybean asolectin by using gentle hydration method and has an optically birefringence property, known as a form birefringence. When a laser beam of optical tweezers with an elliptical polarization passes through the material with an optical birefringence, the ordinary and extraordinary components of the laser light experience different phase shift, respectively. Therefore, an optical torque due to the angular momentum conservation can be exerted on the optically birefringence material generating a rotational motion of the system. In this work we analyze the distance between the next bilayers of the membrane structure in SMLV from the experimentally measured data of the rotational motion and propose a simple model in which the SMLV is idealized as a multi-regularly-thin parallel plate structure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VI
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VI - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2009 Aug 22009 Aug 6

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Form birefringence
  • Optical rotation
  • Optical torque

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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