Medical University of Innsbruck
Optical and acoustic forces for biomedical applications
Exerting controlled forces in a non-contact way is important in biomedical investigations which require holding, moving, or mechanically probing biomedical samples. Optical and acoustic manipulation of microscopic samples both play a prominent role among suitable technologies. The differences in the physical laws and in the typical length scales governing acoustic and optical forces make them complementary: Acoustic forces can levitate large and heavy particles, which optical tweezers could not handle without adverse high-power effects, while optical forces cover subcellular scales. The talk will contrast the two modalities, and identify situations where one or the other is favorable, or when a combination of both is the best choice.