OPTICAL MANIPULATION

A light ride to the stars

By tailoring the anisotropy of light scattering along the surface of a macroscopic flat object, mechanical stabilization can be achieved without focused incident light or excessive constraints on the shape, size or material composition of the object.

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Fig. 1: Passive stabilization of an optically propelled macroscopic flat object using asymmetric scattering.

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Quidant, R. A light ride to the stars. Nat. Photonics 13, 227–228 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-019-0402-x

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