Anomalously Large Assembly Formation of Polystyrene Nanoparticles by Optical Trapping at the Solution Surface

Chi Lung Wu, Shun Fa Wang, Tetsuhiro Kudo, Ken Ichi Yuyama, Teruki Sugiyama, Hiroshi Masuhara

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    Abstract

    We demonstrated the optical trapping-induced formation of a single large disc-like assembly (∼50 μm in diameter) of polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles (NPs) (100 nm in diameter) at a solution surface. Different from the conventional trapping behavior in solution, the assembly grows from the focus to the outside along the surface and contains needle structures expanding radially in all directions. Upon switching off the trapping laser, the assembly disperses and needle structures disappear, while the highly concentrated domain of the NPs is left for a while. The single assembly is quickly restored by switching on the laser again, where the needle structures are also reproduced but in a different way. When a single 10 μm PS microparticle (MP) is trapped in the NP solution, a single disc-like assembly containing needle structures is similarly prepared outside the MP. Based on backscattering imaging and tracking analyses of the MP at the solution surface, it is proposed that scattering and propagation of the trapping laser from the central part of the NP assembly or the MP lead to this new phenomenon.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalLangmuir
    DOIs
    StateAccepted/In press - 2020

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