Optical Trapping Applications, OSA Topical Meeting, San Diego 2017

Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, United States
2-5 April 2015

Website: OSA-OTA 2017

Optical Trapping Applications encompasses all areas of particle manipulation and measurement, from optical manipulation to acoustic trapping, emphasizing new and developing application areas.

This meeting covers the whole range of topical particle manipulation technologies currently being developed for studies in biophysics, single molecule, single cell and tissue level analysis, lab-on-a-chip development, optomechanical cooling, environmental monitoring and theoretical underpinnings. Technologies to be considered include optical tweezers and associated techniques, but will try and capture synergies between different trapping and manipulation modalities such as acoustic trapping and electrical trapping with a view to encouraging discussion between different user groups and the development of new hybrid techniques.

Plenary Session

  • Steven Chu, 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, Stanford University, USA
  • Subra Suresh, President, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, USA


1. Optical Manipulation Fundamentals and Technologies

  • Holographic optical tweezers and beam shaping, adaptive optics techniques
  • Particle dynamics
  • Opto-mechanical cooling
  • Cell stretching
  • Microrheology
  • High force optical tweezers
  • Photophoresis
  • Optical trap modelling and theoretical underpinnings
  • Nanoparticle manipulation
  • Plasmonic manipulation
  • Integrated and near-field optical trapping

2. Optical Manipulation Applications

  • Single molecule biophysics
  • Cellular mechanics and mechanotransduction
  • Cellular adhesion
  • Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Nanoscale & quantum sensing
  • Environmental sensing and aerosol analysis
  • Laser cellular surgery and photoporation
  • Optofluidics/microfluidics
  • Integration with spectroscopic techniques

3. Alternative Particle Manipulation Techniques

  • Magnetic tweezers
  • Electrical manipulation: Electrodynamic balance, dielectrophoresis etc
  • Acoustic manipulation and trapping
  • Microfluidic manipulation
  • Optoelectronic Tweezers
  • AFM applied to techniques studied by optical manipulation


  • Kirstine Berg-Sørensen, DTU Technical University of Denmark
  • Frank Cichos, Univ Leipzig, Germany
  • Sergio Ciliberto, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
  • Tomas Cizmar, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Alexandr Jonas, Istanbul Technical University
  • Philip Jones, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Lih Lin, University of Washington, United States
  • Paulo Maia Neto, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Antonio Neves, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
  • Sile Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Inst of Science & Technology, Japan
  • Lene Oddershede, The Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark
  • Felix Ritort, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
  • Fernando Stefani, Conicet, Title to be Announced
  • Gregor Thalhammer, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
  • Nickolas Vamivakas, University of Rochester, United States
  • Qimin Quan, Harvard University, United States


Steven Neale, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, Chair
Peter Reece, University of New South Wales, Australia, Chair
Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria, Canada, Program Chair
Peter Pauzauskie, University of Washington, United States, Program Chair
Giovanni Volpe, Goteborgs Universitet, Sweden, Program Chair

Nancy Forde, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Simon Hanna, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Brooke Hester, Appalachian State University, United States
Onofrio Marago, CNR-IPCF, Italy
David McGloin, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
Jack Ng, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Lynn Paterson, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California, United States
Ruben Ramos-Garcia, Inst Nat Astrofisica Optica Electronica, Mexico
Monika Ritsch-Marte, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria
Gregor Thalhammer, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
Karen Volke-Sepulveda, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Giorgio Volpe, University College London, United Kingdom
Pavel Zemanek, Institute of Scientific Instruments ASCR, Czech Republic

Notes: The Optical Trapping Applications meeting was part of the Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences held in San Diego, CA, USA in April 2017.