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Compact selective tweezers based on focalized acoustical vortices and spiraling interdigitated transducers

Abstract : With the emergence of regenerative medicine, cell printers, and labs on chips, the contactless selective manipulation of microscopic objects such as particles, cells, or drops has become a key feature. To complete this task, acoustic tweezers appear as a tremendous alternative to their magnetic and optical counterpart. Indeed, they do not require pre-tagging of the manipulated object and they enable particles trapping with forces several orders of magnitude larger than optical tweezers at same input power. Recently, Baresh et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett., 116, 024301 (2016)] demonstrated the selective 3D manipulation of particles with a specific class of waves called acoustical vortices. Nevertheless, such manipulation was achieved with a complex transducer array coupled with a high end programmable electronics. This system is cumbersome, not compatible with microscopes and hardly miniaturizable. To overcome these difficulties, our team developed new tweezers [Riaud et al., Phys. Rev. Appl. 7, 024007 (2017)] based on spiraling interdigitated transducers (IDTs), some electrodes sputtered at the surface of piezoelectric substrates patterned by photolithography. The shape of the electrodes encodes the phase of the field like a hologram. For applications, these tweezers have many attractive features: they are selective, flat, easily integrable, and compatible with disposable substrates.
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Michael Baudoin, Jean Claude Gerbedoen, Antoine Riaud, Olivier Bou Matar, Nikolay Smagin, et al.. Compact selective tweezers based on focalized acoustical vortices and spiraling interdigitated transducers. 176th Meeting Acoustical Society of America and 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada Canadian Acoustical Association, Nov 2018, Victoria, BC, Canada. pp.1896-1896, ⟨10.1121/1.5068310⟩. ⟨hal-03595550⟩



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