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Versatile light actuated matter manipulation in transparent non-dilute polymer solutions

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Abstract

A local polymer concentration enhancement upon moderately weak laser irradiation was recently discovered in non-absorbing entangled polymer solutions. Here, we uncover the reverse effect: depending on the (good) solvent environment, macromolecules are either effectively attracted or repelled by visible laser light independently of the optical contrast. The versatile effect, qualitatively different from well-known mechanisms, may lead to new ways for macromolecular manipulation and micropatterning by optical fields.

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Submitted
19 Nov 2011
Accepted
29 Dec 2011
First published
23 Jan 2012

Soft Matter, 2012,8, 2382-2384
Article type
Communication

Versatile light actuated matter manipulation in transparent non-dilute polymer solutions

M. Anyfantakis, A. Königer, S. Pispas, W. Köhler, H. Butt, B. Loppinet and G. Fytas, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2382 DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07219J

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