Years of proven expertise in light trapping and optical manipulation, along with recent advances in microassembly and microfabrication, have contributed to the emergence of a new area ripe for exploration in nanobiophotonics. Combined with smart control ideas from robotics and drone technology, this new and exciting field coined: Light Robotics opens up new avenues in non-destructive cell classification, diagnosis, and targeted drug delivery.
Real-time experimental demonstration of Light Robotics. Shown here are simultaneous top- and side-view recordings of light robotics optomechanically probing a microscale object. The optical forces are currently in the tens of pico-newtons range but might be scaled up to the nano-newton regime.