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Dr. Volpe Publishes A New Textbook

Dr. Giovanni Volpe of the Department of Physics and UNAM has recently coauthored with Dr. Philip H. Jones and Dr. Onofrio M. Maragò a new book, “Optical Tweezers: Principles and Applications,“ published by Cambridge University Press. The book addresses the broad field of optical trapping and manipulation in a comprehensive and organic way.

Combining state-of-the-art research with a pedagogic approach, the 568-page text provides a detailed guide to the theory, practice and applications of optical tweezers. In-depth derivation of the theory of optical trapping and numerical modeling of optical forces are supported by a  step-by-step design and construction guide for building optical tweezers, with detailed tutorials on collecting and analyzing data. Also included are comprehensive reviews of optical tweezers research in fields ranging from cell biology to quantum physics.

The text is supplemented by the http://opticaltweezers.org website, a forum for discussion and a source of additional material including free-to-download, customizable research-grade software (OTS) for calculation of optical forces, digital video microscopy, optical tweezers calibration and holographic optical tweezers.

The book is being used as the textbook for the “Optical Trapping and Optical Manipulation” course (PHYS464/PHYS564), which Dr. Volpe is offering this semester.