Dr Timo Nieminen

Senior Lecturer

Physics
Faculty of Science
timo@physics.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52422

Overview

Dr Timo Nieminen received his PhD from The University of Queensland in 1996.

Dr Nieminen's research interests are in the fields of:

  • Light Scattering
  • Optical Trapping and Micromanipulation
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Photonics
  • Biological and Industrial Applications of Light Scattering and the Interaction of Light and Matter

His chief research projects are in the areas of:

  • Full-Wave Electromagnetic Modelling of the Production of Optical Forces and Torques in Laser Trapping
  • Optical Measurement of Microscopic Forces and Torques
  • Extremely Asymmetrical Scattering in Bragg Gratings
  • Micro-Opto-Mechanical Systems (MOMS)

Research Interests

  • Full-Wave Electromagnetic Modelling of the Production of Optical Forces and Torques in Laser Trapping
    Optical forces and torques acting on a microparticle in a laser trap arise from the transfer of momentum and angular momentum from the trapping beam to the particle, and can be found by calculating the scattering of the trapping beam by the particle. Since laser-trapped particles are of sizes comparable to the trapping wavelength, a full electromagnetic wave solution is required.
  • Optical Measurement of Microscopic Forces and Torques
    An alternative to the calculation of the scattering by a laser-trapped particle is to measure the scattered light, and from this, determine the optical force and torque acting on, and the position within the trap, of the particle.
  • Extremely Asymmetrical Scattering in Bragg Gratings
    Extremely asymmetrical scattering is being investigated theoretically and computationally in collaboration with the Physical Optics Program, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Micro-Opto-Mechanical Systems (MOMS)
    Theoretical development of MOMS and MOMS-related techniques.

Qualifications

  • BSc(Hons), The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Lenton, Isaac C.D., Stilgoe, Alexander B., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2020). OTSLM toolbox for structured light methods. Computer Physics Communications, 253 107199, 107199. doi: 10.1016/j.cpc.2020.107199

  • Lenton, Isaac C. D., Stilgoe, Alex B., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2020). Understanding particle trajectories by mapping optical force vortices. Complex Light and Optical Forces XIV, San Francisco, CA, United States, 1-6 February 2020. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2550418

  • Lenton, Isaac C. D., Armstrong, Declan J., Stilgoe, Alexander B., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2019). Orientation of swimming cells with annular beam optical tweezers. Optics Communications, 459 124864, 124864. doi: 10.1016/j.optcom.2019.124864

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Kashchuk, Anatolii V., Bui, Ann A.M., Zhang, Shu, Houillot, Antoine, Carberry, David, Stilgoe, Alexander B., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2017). Optically driven rotating micromachines. Light robotics-structure-mediated nanobiophotonics. (pp. 99-128) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Inc.. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-7020-7096-9.00004-5

  • Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina, Stilgoe, Alexander B., Preece, Darryl, Bui, Ann and Nieminen, Timo A. (2015). Optical forces, trapping and manipulation. Photonics: Scientific foundations, technology and applications. (pp. 287-339) edited by David L. Andrews. Hoboken, New Jersey, United States: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781119011781.ch7

  • Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina, Asavei, Theodor, Stilgoe, Alexander B., Loke, Vincent L. Y., Vogel, Robert, Nieminen, Timo A. and Heckenberg, Norman R. (2013). Design of optically driven microrotors. Optical Nano and Micro Actuator Technology. (pp. 277-306) edited by George K . Knopf and Yukitoshi Otani. Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b13892

  • Loke, Vincent L.Y., Asavei, Theodor, Parkin, Simon, Heckenberg, Norman R., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina and Nieminen, Timo A. (2011). Driving optical micromachines with orbital angular momentum. Twisted photons: applications of light with orbital angular momentum. (pp. 93-115) edited by Juan P. Torres and Lluis Torner. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag. doi: 10.1002/9783527635368.ch6

  • Loke, Vincent L. Y., Asavei, Theodor, Parkin, Simon, Heckenberg, Norman R., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina and Nieminen, Timo A. (2011). Driving optical micromachines with orbital angular momentum. Twisted photons: Applications of light with orbital angular momentum. (pp. 93-116) edited by Juan P. Torres and Lluis Torner. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag.

  • Choi S.H.-J. and Nieminen T.A. (2010). Trained peers' interactions with children with autism during play. Special Education in the 21st Century. (pp. 195-224) Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

  • Nieminen, T. A., Parkin, S, Asavei, T., Loke, V. L. Y., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2008). Optical Vortex Trapping and the Dynamics of Particle Rotation. Structured Light and Its Applications: An introduction to Phase-Structured Beams and Nanoscale Optical Forces. (pp. 195-236) edited by David L. Andrews. United States: Academic Press (Elsevier Press). doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374027-4.00008-6

  • Parkin, Simon J. W., Knoener, Gregor, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2008). Rheological and Viscometric Methods. Structured Light and Its Applications: An Introduction to Phase-Structured Beams and Nanoscale Optical Forces. (pp. 249-270) edited by David L. Andrews. United States: Academic Press (Elsevier Press). doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374027-4.00010-4

  • Parkin, S., Knoener, G., Singer, W., Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2007). Optical Torque on Microscopic Objects. Laser Manipulation of Cells and Tissues. (pp. 525-561) edited by M. W. Berns and K. O. Greulich. United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/S0091-679X(06)82019-4

  • Nieminen, T. A., Knoener, G., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2007). Physics of Optical Tweezers. Laser Manipulation of Cells and Tissues. (pp. 207-236) edited by M. W. Berns and K. O. Greulich. United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/S0091-679X(06)82006-6

  • Heckenberg, N. R., Friese, M. E. J., Nieminen, T. A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (1999). Mechanical Effects of Optical Vortices. Optical Vortices. (pp. 75-105) edited by Vasnetsov, M. and Staliunas, K.. Commack, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Lenton, Isaac C. D., Stilgoe, Alex B., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2020). Understanding particle trajectories by mapping optical force vortices. Complex Light and Optical Forces XIV, San Francisco, CA, United States, 1-6 February 2020. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2550418

  • Lenton, Isaac C. D., Armstrong, Declan, Calvert-Lane, Jackson, Nieminen, Timo A., Stilgoe, Alexander B. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2018). Measuring the motility and drag forces acting on biological particles using optical tweezers. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XV 2018, San Diego, CA, United States, 19-23 August 2018. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2324117

  • Lenton, Isaac C. D., Bui, Ann A. M., Nieminen, Timo A., Stilgoe, Alexander B. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2018). Optical tweezers toolbox: full dynamics simulations for particles of all sizes. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XV 2018, San Diego, CA, United States, 19-23 August 2018. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2324120

  • Kashchuk, Anatolii V., Bui, Ann A. M., Stilgoe, Alexander B., Carberry, David M., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina H. (2016). Measurements of particle-wall interaction forces using simultaneous position and force detection (Conference Presentation). Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII, San Diego, CA, United States, 28 August-1 September 2016. SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2236419

  • Favre-Bulle, Itia, Nieminen, Timo A., Preece, Daryl, Heap, Lucy A., Scott, Ethan K. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2015). Computational modeling of scattering of a focused beam in zebrafish brain tissue. Optics and the Brain, BRAIN 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 12-15 April 2015. Washington, DC, USA: OSA - The Optical Society. doi: 10.1364/BODA.2015.JT3A.34

  • Zhang, Shu, Carberry, David, Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2015). Hydrodynamics of micro-objects near curved surfaces. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII, San Diego, CA United States, 09-12 August 2015. Bellingham, WA United States: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2190312

  • Bui, Ann A., Stilgoe, Alexander B., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2015). Mapping of independent force and position measurements for calibration of non-Hookean optical traps. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII, San Diego, CA, United States, 9-12 August 2015. doi: 10.1117/12.2186721

  • Nieminen, Timo A., du Preez-Wilkinson, Nathaniel, Bui, Ann A. M., Stilgoe, Alexander B., Loke, Vincent L. Y. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2015). Theory and practice of computational modeling and simulation of optical tweezers. Optical Trapping Applications, OTA 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 12-15 April 2015. Washington, DC, United States: OSA - The Optical Society. doi: 10.1364/OTA.2015.OtM4E.5

  • Khatibzadeh, Nima, Stilgoe, Alexander B., Bui, Ann A. M., Rocha, Yesenia, Cruz, Gladys, Nieminen, Timo A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina and Berns, Michael W. (2014). Optical trapping of isolated mammalian chromosomes. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI, San Diego, CA., United States, 17-21 August 2014. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.2064367

  • Bui, Ann A. M., Stilgoe, Alexander B., Khatibzadeh, Nima, Nieminen, Timo A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina and Berns, Michael W. (2014). Optical tweezers escape forces. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI, San Diego, CA United States, 17-21 August 2014. Bellingham, WA United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.2062805

  • Zhang, Shu, Gibson, Lachlan, Preece, Daryl, Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2014). Viscoelasticity Measurements inside Liposomes. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI, San Diego, CA United States, 17-21 August 2014. Bellingham, WA United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.2060938

  • Burns, Tristan M., Preece, Daryl, Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2013). Optical tweezers for precise control of micro-bubble arrays: In situ temperature measurement. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X, San Diego, CA United States, 25 -29 August 2013. Bellingham, WA United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.2024254

  • Cao, Yongyin, Stilgoe, Alexander B., Stroet, Martin, Loke, Vincent L. Y., Chen, Lixue, Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2012). Computational modelling of optical tweezers with many degrees of freedom using dynamic simulation: cylinders, nanowires, and multiple particles. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IX, San Diego, United States, 12-16 August 2012. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.930137

  • Wu, Tao, Nieminen, Timo A., Mohanty, Samarendra, Miotke, Jill, Meyer, Ronald L., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina and Berns, Michael W. (2012). Directing growth cones of optic axons growing with laser scissors and laser tweezers. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IX, San Diego, United States, 12-16 August 2012. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.930411

  • Stilgoe, Alexander B., Mallon, Michael J., Cao, Yongyin, Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2012). Optical tweezers toolbox: better, faster, cheaper; choose all three. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IX, San Diego, United States, 12-16 August 2012. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.929365

  • Bennett, James S., Baudisch, Bastian, Preece, Daryl, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). 'Wiggler-Waggler'- optical measurements of complex viscoelastic moduli. 2011 International Quantum Electronics Conference, IQEC 2011 and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO Pacific Rim 2011, Sydney, NSW, Australia, August 28 - 1 September 2011. doi: 10.1109/IQEC-CLEO.2011.6194051

  • Bennett, James S., Brousse, Emmanuel, Baudisch, Bastian, Preece, Daryl, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). 'Wiggler-Waggler': Towards optical measurements of the complex shear modulus. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VIII, San Diego, CA, United States, 21 August 2011. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.894969

  • Loke, Vincent L. Y., Menguc, M. Pinar and Nieminen, Timo A. (2011). Discrete-dipole approximation with surface interaction: computational toolbox for MATLAB. 12th International Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles - Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Helsinki, Finland, 28 June-2 July, 2010. Oxford, United Kingdom: Pergamon. doi: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2011.03.012

  • Favre-Bulle, Itia, Preece, Daryl, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). High-speed camera system for biological applications in optical tweezing. International Quantum Electronics Conference, IQEC 2011 and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO Pacific Rim 2011, Sydney, NSW Australia, 28 August - 1 September 2011. Piscataway, NJ United States: I E E E. doi: 10.1109/IQEC-CLEO.2011.6194030

  • Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina, Asavei, Theodor, Preece, Daryl, Stilgoe, Alexander B., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Nieminen, Timo A. (2011). Measurement of angular momentum flux in optical tweezers. Conference on Complex Light and Optical Forces V, San Francisco, CA, United States, 26-27 January 2011. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.886221

  • Nieminen, Timo A., Stilgoe, Alexander B., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). Not just energy, but momentum and angular momentum too: Mechanical effects in scattering. Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference: ELS XIII 2011, Taormina, Italy, 26-30 September 2011. Messina, Italy: Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti. doi: 10.1478/C1V89S1P010

  • Mirjalili, Negar and Nieminen, Timo A. (2011). Research applications of theoretical and computational modelling of optical tweezers. International Quantum Electronics Conference, IQEC 2011 and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO Pacific Rim 2011, Sydney, NSW Australia, 28 August - 1 September 2011. Piscataway, NJ United States: I E E E. doi: 10.1109/IQEC-CLEO.2011.6194163

  • Preece, Daryl, Nieminen, TimoA. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). Shack-Hartmann measurement of OAM in highly focused light beams. International Quantum Electronics Conference, IQEC 2011 and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO Pacific Rim 2011, Sydney, NSW Australia, 28 August - 1 September 2011. Piscataway, NJ United States: I E E E. doi: 10.1109/IQEC-CLEO.2011.6194032

  • Stilgoe, Alexander B., Heckenberg, Norman R., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). Stability, scaling and temperature in double-well optical tweezers. International Quantum Electronics Conference, IQEC 2011 and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO Pacific Rim 2011, Sydney, NSW Australia, 28 August - 1 September 2011. Piscataway, NJ United States: I E E E. doi: 10.1109/IQEC-CLEO.2011.6193985

  • Preece, Daryl, Nieminen, Timo A., Asavei, Theodor, Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). The difficulty of measuring orbital angular momentum. Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference: ELS XIII 2011, Taormina, Italy, 26-30 September 2011. Messina, Italy: Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti. doi: 10.1478/C1V89S1P076

  • Stilgoe, Alexander B., Nguyen, Lan T. P., Nieminen, Timo A. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2011). Thermodynamics of optical tweezers. International Quantum Electronics Conference, IQEC 2011 and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO Pacific Rim 2011, Sydney, NSW Australia, 28 August - 1 September 2011. Piscataway, NJ United States: I E E E. doi: 10.1109/IQEC-CLEO.2011.6194164

  • Nieminen, Timo A., Alexander Stilgoe, Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2010). Approximate and exact modeling of optical trapping. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VII, San Diego, CA, U.S.A., 1-5 August, 2010. United States of America: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.861880

  • Asavei, Theodor, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2010). Use of shape induced birefringence for rotation in optical tweezers. SPIE Optics + Photonics 2010: Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VII, San Diego, CA, U.S.A., 1-5 August 2010. Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.861793

  • Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina, Asavei, Theodor, Parkin, Simon, Stilgoe, Alex, Loke, Vince, Nieminen, Timo and Heckenberg, Norman (2009). Can Optically Driven Micromachines be Useful in Biomedicine? Optical Tweezers at Work. Asia Optical Fiber Communication and Optoelectronic Exposition and Conference, Shanghai Peoples R China, Oct 30-Nov 02, 2008. NEW YORK: IEEE.

  • Asavei, Theodor, Loke, Vincent L. Y., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2009). Optical paddle-wheel. Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy, and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOLS ACOFT 09), Adelaide, Australia, 29 November - 3 December 2009. Adelaide, Australia: Australian Optical Society.

  • Asavei, Theodor, Loke, Vincent L. Y., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2009). Optical paddle-wheel. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VI, San Diego California ,USA, 2-6 August 2009. Bellingham Washington USA: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.828426

  • Loke, Vincent L. Y., Asavei, Theodore, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2009). Optimization of optically-driven micromachines. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation VI, San Diego, United States, 2-6 August 2009. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.828423

  • Loke, Vincent L. Y., Asavei, Theodor, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2009). Optimization of torque efficiency in the design of optically-driven microrotors. ACOLS ACOFT 09, The University of Adelaide, 29/11/09 - 3/12/09. South Australia: The University of Adelaide.

  • Stilgoe, Alexander B., Nieminen, Timo, Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2009). To hop or not to hop-that is the question. ACOLS ACOFT 09, The University of Adelaide, 29/11/09 - 3/12/09. South Australia: The University of Adelaide.

  • Parkin, Simon J., Funk, Maren, Tandy, Kristen, Nieminen, Timo, Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina and Heckenberg, Norman (2009). Using a birefringent probe particle in variable polarisation optical tweezers to probe properties of biological materials. CLEO/Europe - EQEC 2009 - European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the European Quantum Electronics Conference, Munich, Germany, 14 - 19 June 2009. Piscataway, NJ United States: I E E E. doi: 10.1109/CLEOE-EQEC.2009.5192883

  • Funk, Maren, Parkin, Simon J., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2009). Vaterite twist microrheology with AOM controlled optical tweezers. Complex Light and Optical Forces III, San Jose, United Sttes, 28-29 January 2009. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.814357

  • Choi, S., Nieminen, T.A. and Manathunga, C. (2008). "What Brought you Here?" International Postgraduate Students' Perspectives. 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, Qld, 16-19 June 2008. Yeppoon, Qld: Central Queensland University Press.

  • Roelofs, Susan H., Alvarez-Elizondo, Martha B., Nieminen, Timo A., Persson, Martin, Heckenberg, Norman and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2008). Calibration of trap stiffness and viscoelasticity in polymer solutions. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation V, San Diego CA, United States, 10-14 August 2008. Bellingham, WA, United States: International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). doi: 10.1117/12.793577

  • Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina, Asavei, Theodor, Parkin, Simon, Stilgoe, Alex, Loke, Vince, Nieminen, Timo and Heckenberg, Norman (2008). Can optically driven micromachines be useful in biomedicine? Optical tweezers at work. Asia Optical Fiber Communication and Optoelectronic Exposition and Conference, AOE 2008, Shanghai, China, 30 October - 2 November 2008. Piscataway, NJ United States: I E E E.

  • Hu, Y., Nieminen, T.A., Bickford, L.R. and Drezek, R.A. (2008). Concentric Sphere Mie Theory Model: Applications to Nanoshell Spectra Prediction and Design of Anti-Reflection Coatings for Optical Traps. Spring Optics and Photonics Congress, St Petersburg, Florida, USA, 16-20 March 2008. United States: Optical Society America.

  • Loke, Vly, Nieminen, TA, Heckenberg, NR and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, R (2008). Dual-beam interferometric laser trapping of Rayleigh and mesoscopic particles. Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Hangzhou, China, 24-28 March 2008. CAMBRIDGE: The Electromagnetics Academy.

  • Asavei, T., Parkin, S., Persson, M., Vogel, R., Funk, M., Loke, V., Nieminen, T.A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. and Heckenberg, N. R. (2008). Engineering Optically Driven Micromachines. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation V, San Diego Convention Centre, 10-14 August 2008. United States: International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). doi: 10.1117/12.798529

  • Asavei, T., Loke, V. L. Y., Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2008). Improved optically driven microrotors. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation V, San Diego, CA, United States, 10-14 August 2008. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.794385

  • Asavei T., Funk M., Parkin S., Nieminen T., Heckenberg N. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop H. (2008). Optically driven mechanical systems at nano-to micro-scale. Frontiers in Optics, FiO 2008, Rochester, NY, October 19, 2008-October 23, 2008. Optical Society of America.

  • Choi, S., Nieminen, T.A. and Manathunga, C. (2008). Postdoctoral and Early Career Research Work for Further Learning and Independence. 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, Qld, 16-19 June 2008. Yeppoon, Qld: Central Queensland University Press.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Asavei, T., Hu, Y., Persson, M., Vogel, R., Loke, V. L. Y., Parkin, S. J., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2008). Tailoring particles for optical trapping and micromanipulation: An overview. Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2008), Hangzhou, People's Republic of China, 24-28 March 2008. Cambridge, MA, United States: Electromagnetics Academy.

  • Loke, Vincent L.. Y., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2007). Exploiting Symmetry and Incorporating the T-matrix in the Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) Method. Institut fur Werkstofftechnik, Bremen, 23 Mar 2007. Bremen, Germany: Institut für Werkstofftechnik.

  • Parkin, Simon J. W., Knoener, Gregor, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2007). Microrheology of microlitre samples: Probed with rotating optical tweezers. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IV, San Diego, CA, United States, 26-29 August 2007. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.735492

  • Loke, Vincent L. Y., Asavei, Theodore, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2007). Optical microrotors: Theory, design and fabrication. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IV, San Diego, CA, United Kingdom, 26-29 August 2007. Bellingham, WA, United States: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.735341

  • Loke, V. L. Y., Nieminen, T. A., Asavei, T., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2007). Optically driven micromachines: design and fabrication. Tenth Conference on Electromagnetic & Light Scattering, Bodrum, Turkey, 17-22 June, 2007. New York: Begell House Inc..

  • Choi, S., Nieminen, T.A., Bartylla, C., Bertrand, D., Gong, Y.X., Huber, E., Kruger, K. and Therkildsen, K. (2007). Research training experiences of visiting students in physics. 18th ISANA International Education Association Conference, Glenelg, South Australia, 27-30 November, 2007. The Gap, Queensland, Australia: ISANA Internationa Education Association Inc..

  • Nieminen, T. A., Loke, V. L. Y., Knoner, G. and Branczyk, A. M. (2007). Toolbox for calculation of optical forces and torques. Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2007), Beijing Peoples R China, Mar 26-30, 2007. CAMBRIDGE: ELECTROMAGNETICS ACAD.

  • Hajek, K. M. and Nieminen, T. A. (2006). Aether theories: A physics fairytale re-told. Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) 17th National Congress, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia, 3-8 December 2006. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Knoener, Gregor, Nieminen, Timo A., Parkin, Simon J., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Calculation of optical trapping landscapes. SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, San Diego California USA, 13-17 August, 2006. United States: S P I E - International Society of Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.680114

  • Loke, V. L., Nieminen, T. A., Parkin, S. J., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2006). Computational modeling of optical trapping of vaterite microspheres. Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Austraa, 3-8 December 2006. Brisbane: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Knoener, G., Parkin, S. J., Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2006). Forces from highly focused laser beams: Modeling, measurement and application to refractive index measurements. Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) National Congress 2006, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australa, 3-8 December 2006. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Loke, Vincent L. Y., Nieminen, Timo A., Branczyk, Agata M., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Modelling optical micro-machines. 9th International Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Non-Spherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, St. Petersburg, Russia, 5-9 June 2006. St Petersburg, Russia: St Petersburg State University Press.

  • Loke, Vincent L. Y., Nieminen, Timo A., Parkin, Simon J., Branczyk, Agata M., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Modelling optical micromachines and birefringent particles. Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing VIII, San Diego, CA, USA, 14 August 2006. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.680455

  • Singer, W., Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2006). Nanotrapping and the thermodynamics of optical tweezers. Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Queensland, Australia, 3-8 December 2006. Brisbane: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Singer, Wolfgang, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Optical micromanipulation of synthetic macromolecules. SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering: Optics and Photonics, San Diego, California, U.S.A., 13-17 August 2006. United States: S P I E - International Society of Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.680187

  • Parkin, Simon, Knoener, Gregor, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Optical microrheology of biopolymers. Photonics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II, Brisbane, Australia, 12 December 2005. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.651754

  • Branczyk, A. M., Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2006). Optical trapping of a cube. Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Queensland, Australia, 3-8 December 2006. Brisbane: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Nieminen, Timo A., Higuet, Julien, Knoener, Gregor G., Loke, Vincent L. Y., Parkin, Simon, Singer, Wolfgang, Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Optically driven micromachines: Progress and prospects. Photonics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II, Brisbane, Australia, 12 December 2005. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.651760

  • Nieminen, T A (2006). Project-based assessment for graduate coursework in physics. Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Queensland, Australia, 3-8 December 2006. Brisbane: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Parkin, S. J. W., Knoener, G., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2006). Torque transfer in optical tweezers due to orbital angular momentum. SPIE International Society of Optical Engineering, San Diego, CA, U.S.A., 13-17 August 2006. Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.: S P I E - International Society of Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.681402

  • Nieminen, Timo A., Loke, Vincent L. Y., Branczyk, A. M., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2006). Towards Efficient Modelling of Optical Micromanipulation of Complex Structures. PIERS 2006: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2006, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 26-29 March 2006. Cambridge, Mass, USA: Electromagnetics Academy. doi: 10.2529/PIERS050907030155

  • Singer, Wolfgang, Gibson, Ursula J., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Towards crystallization using optical tweezers. Photonics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II, Brisbane, Australia, 12 December 2005. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.651755

  • Pfeifer, Robert N. C., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Two controversies in classical electromagnetism. Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation III, San Diego, CA, USA, 13 - 17 August 2006. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society of Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.678953

  • Knoener, Gregor, Higuet, Julien, Parkin, Simon, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2006). Two-photon polymerization process for optically driven micromachines. Photonics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II, Brisbane, Australia, 12 December 2005. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.651757

  • Parkin, Simon J. W., Knoener, Gregor, Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2005). A Constant Torque Micro-Viscometer. SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, San Jose California USA, 25-26 January, 2005. Bellingham, USA: SPIE International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.590147

  • Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H., Knoner, G., Parkin, S., Singer, W., Nieminen, T. and Heckenberg, N. (2005). Catch, move and twist using optical tweezers. 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, Ca, USA, 13 - 17 March, 2005. Washington, D. C.: American Chemical Society.

  • Choi, Serene H.-J. and Nieminen, T. A. (2005). Effect of Participation as Peer-Players on Ideas and Attitudes About Disability. Making Meaning: Creating Connections that Value Diversity, Brisbane, Australia, 23-25 September 2005. Brisbane, QLD.: AASE.

  • Gibson, Ursula, Singer, Wolfgang, Nieminen, Timo, Heckenberg, Norman and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2005). Growth of crystals in optical tweezers. Optical trapping and optical micromanipulation II, San Diego, California, USA, 31 Jul-4 Aug 2005. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.616739

  • Choi, Serene H.-J. and Nieminen, Timo A. (2005). Improved Social Interaction by Children With Autism by Training of Peers. Making Meaning: Creating Connections that Value Diversity - Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Australian Association of Special Education, Brisbane, Australia, 23-25th September, 2005. Brisbane, QLD.: AASE.

  • Singer, W., Nieminen, T. A., Gibson, Ursula J., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2005). Rotating Optical Tweezers. SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, San Jose California USA, 25-26 January, 2005. Bellingham USA: SPIE International Society of Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.590107

  • Choi, Minjoon, Choi, Serene Hyun-Jin and Nieminen, Timo A. (2004). Case studies of music students with autistic spectrum disorders. 2004 Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3-6 January 2004. Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Education.

  • Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2004). Computational modeling of optical tweezers. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, Denver, CO, USA, 2-6 August 2004. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.557090

  • Parkin, Simon J. W., Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2004). Measurement of orbital angular momentum in optical tweezers. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, Denver, CO, USA, 2 August 2004. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.556730

  • Nieminen, Timo A., Parkin, Simon J., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (2004). Optical Torque and Symmetry. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, Denver Colorado USA, 2 - 6 August, 2004. USA: SPIE. doi: 10.1117/12.557070

  • Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2003). "Hybrid" T-Matrix Methods. Electromagnetic and Light Scattering - Theory and Applications VII / 7th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Bremen, Germany, 8-12 September, 2003. Bremen: University of Bremen.

  • Bishop A.I., Nieminen T.A., Heckenberg N.R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop H. (2003). An optical torque wrench-simple and general optical rotation. European Quantum Electronics Conference, EQEC 2003, June 22, 2003-June 27, 2003. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. doi: 10.1109/EQEC.2003.1314227

  • Nieminen, T. A., Pile, D. F. P., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2003). Multiple-scattering Modelling of Scattering by Biological Cells. 7th Conf ELSNP: Theory measurement and Applications, Bremen, 8-12 September, 2003. Bremen: University of Bremen.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Bishop, A. I., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2003). Polarimetric Measurement of Optical Torque. 7th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Bremen, Germany, 8-12 September 2003. Bremen, Germany: Universität Bremen.

  • Bishop, A. I., Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2002). Alignment and Controlled Rotation of Microparticles in Gaussian Beam Laser Traps. Proceedings of the Australian Institute of Physics 15th Biennial Congress 2002 (CDROM) - Fifteenth AIP Biennial Congress 2002/AOS2002, Sydney, Australia, 8-11 July, 2002. Adelaide, SA, Australia: Australian Institute or Physics.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. and Heckenberg, N. R. (2002). Angular Momentum Generation by Scattering: Alignment and Rotation of Microobjects. 6th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Gainesville, Florida, USA, 4-8 March, 2002. Adelphi, USA: Army Research Laboratory.

  • Choi, Serene Hyun-Jin, Nieminen, Timo A., Bahr, Mark and Bahr, Nan (2002). Improving behaviour classification consistency: A technique from biological taxonomy. Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2002 (AARE2002), Brisbane, Australia, 1-5 December, 2002.

  • Heckenberg, N. R., Nieminen, T. A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. and Sheetz, M. P. (2002). Probing live cells with optically driven and monitored micro-rotors. Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles - 6th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Gainesville, Florida, USA, 4-10 March, 2002. Adelphi, USA: Army Research Laboratory.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2002). Propagation of Arbitrary Non-Paraxial Beams by Expansion in Spherical Functions. Australian Institute of Physics 15th Biennial Congress 2002, Sydney, Australia, 8-11 July, 2002. Adelaide, SA, Australia: Australian Institute or Physics.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. and Heckenberg, N. R. (2002). Vector Spherical Wavefunction Expansion of a Strongly Focussed Laser Beam. Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles - 6th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Gainesville, Florida, USA, 4-8 March, 2002. Adelphi, USA: Army Research Laboratory.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. and Heckenberg, N. R. (2001). Trapping and Alignment of a Microfibre Using the Discrete Dipole Approximation. CLEO/Pacific Rim 2001, 4th Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Chiba, Japan, 15-19 July.

  • Nieminen, TA, Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H and Heckenberg, NR (2001). Trapping and alignment of a microfibre using the discrete dipole approximation. 4th Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Chiba Japan, Jul 15-19, 2001. NEW YORK: IEEE.

  • Nieminen, T. A. (2000). Grazing-angle scattering of blk and guided electromagnetic waves in non-uniform arrays. AIP 2000, Adelaide University, 10-15 Dec, 2000. Australia: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. and Heckenberg, N. R. (2000). Laser Trapping of Non-Spherical Particles. Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Halifax Contributions - 5th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Halifax, Canada, 28 August - 1 September. Maryland, US: Army Research Laboratory.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Heckenberg, N. R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (2000). Optical Measurement of Microscopic Forces and Torques. Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Halifax Contributions: 5th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications, Halifax, Canada, 28 August - 1 September. Maryland, USA: Army Research Laboratory.

  • Nieminen, TA and Gramotnev, DK (2000). Rigorous analysis of extremely asymmetrical scattering of electromagnetic waves in periodic gratings. Conference on Integrated Photonics Research, Quebec City Canada, Jul 12-15, 2000. WASHINGTON: OPTICAL SOC AMERICA.

  • Nieminen, T. A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H., Heckenberg, N. R. and Bishop, A. (2000). Theory of optical force and position measurement for an optically trapped probe particle. AIP 2000, Adelaide University, 10-15 Dec, 2000. Australia: Australian Institute of Physics.

  • Nieminen, Timo A. and Gramotnev, Dmitri K. (1999). Double-resonant extremely asymmetrical scattering of electromagnetic waves in periodic arrays separated by a gap. 1999 Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO/Pacific Rim 1999, Seoul, , August 30, 1999-September 3, 1999. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. doi: 10.1109/CLEOPR.1999.817952

  • Nieminen, Timo A., Heckenberg, Norman R. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina (1999). Measurement of Rotation Speed of Birefringent Material and Optical Torque from Polarisation of Transmitted Light. CLEO/Pacific Rim '99, The Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Seoul, South Korea, 30th August - 3rd September, 1999. New Jersey: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/CLEOPR.1999.814762

  • Gramotnev, DK, Mather, ML and Nieminen, TA (1998). Anomalous absorption of bulk longitudinal acoustic waves in a layered structure with viscous fluid. 1998 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, Sendai Japan, Oct 05-08, 1998. NEW YORK: IEEE.

  • Friese, M. E. J., Nieminen, T. A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. and Heckenberg, N. R. (1998). Optical torques align and rotate microscopic wave plates. CLEO/IQEC98 (International Quantum Electronics ConfereCLEO/IQEC `98 (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference), San Francisco, CA, 3 -8 May 1998. Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/IQEC.1998.680332

  • Heckenberg, N. R., Nieminen, T. A., Friese, M. E. J. and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H. (1998). Trapping microscopic particles with singular beams. International Conference on Singular Optics Conference, Partenit, Crimea, Ukraine, 5 October, 1997. Canada & USA: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.317715

  • Heckenberg, NR, Nieminen, TA, Friese, MEJ and Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H (1998). Trapping microscopic particles with singular beams. International Conference on Singular Optics, Partenit Ukraine, Oct 05-10, 1997. SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING. doi: 10.1117/12.317715

  • Friese M.E.J., Nieminen T.A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop H. and Heckenberg N.R. (1997). Angular momentum transfer from a circularly polarized Gaussian laser beam. Proceedings of the 1997 Conference on Quantum Electronics and Laser Science, QELS, Baltimore, MD, USA, May 18, 1997-May 23, 1997.

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