Abstract

Reflection and refraction of light can be used to trap small dielectric particles in the geometrical optics regime. Absorption of light is usually neglected in theoretical calculations, but it is known that it occurs in the optical trapping of semi-transparent particles. Here, we propose a generalization of Ashkin’s model for the radiative force exerted on a spherical bead, including the contribution due to attenuation/absorption of light in the bulk of the particle. We discuss in detail the balance between refraction, reflection, and absorption for different optical parameters and particle sizes. Our findings contribute to the understanding of optical trapping of light-absorbing particles and may be used to predict whenever absorption is important in real experiments.

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