Abstract

We experimentally investigate the influence of geometric aberrations in optical tweezers using back focal plane interferometry. We found that the introduction of coma aberrations causes significant modification to the Brownian motion of the trapped particle, producing an apparent cross-coupling between the in-plane aberrated axis and the weaker propagation axis. This coupling is evidenced by the emergence of a second dominant low frequency Lorentzian feature in the position power spectral density. The effect on Brownian motion was confirmed using a secondary unaberrated probe beam, ruling out the possibility of systematic optical effects related to the detection system.

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