Abstract

We propose an enantioselective scheme to sort homogeneous chiral particles using optical tweezers. For a certain range of material parameters, we show that a highly focused circularly polarized laser beam traps particles of a specific chirality selected by the handedness of the trapping beam. Furthermore, by applying a transverse Stokes drag force that displaces the trapped particle off-axis, we allow for the rotation of the particle center-of-mass around the trapping beam axis. The rotation angle is highly dependent on the handedness of the trapped particle and is easily measurable with standard video-microscopy techniques, allowing for an alternative mechanism for chiral resolution. Our platform not only allows for enantio selection of particles dispersed in solution but also paves the way to characterization of the chiral parameter of individual, homogeneous chiral microspheres using optical tweezing.

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