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DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nanosized Light Mill Motor

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Caption: Filmed through water, a silica microdisk embedded with a gold, gammadion-shaped light mill nanomotor rotates in one direction under illumination from laser light at 810 nanometers wavelength. When the wavelength is switched to 1,715 nanometers, the rotational direction is reversed. Torque is produced when the laser light frequencies resonate with the frequencie of the metal's plasmons.

Credit: Movie courtesy of Zhang group

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