Optical tweezers: wideband microrheology

Preece, D., Warren, R., Evans, R.M.L., Gibson, G.M. , Padgett, M.J. , Cooper, J. and Tassieri, M. (2011) Optical tweezers: wideband microrheology. Journal of Optics, 13(4), 04402. (doi: 10.1088/2040-8978/13/4/044022)

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<p>Microrheology is a branch of rheology having the same principles as conventional bulk rheology, but working on micron length scales and microlitre volumes.</p> <p>Optical tweezers have been successfully used with Newtonian fluids for rheological purposes such as determining fluid viscosity. Conversely, when optical tweezers are used to measure the viscoelastic properties of complex fluids the results are either limited to the material's high-frequency response, discarding important information related to the low-frequency behaviour, or they are supplemented by low-frequency measurements performed with different techniques, often without presenting an overlapping region of clear agreement between the sets of results. We present a simple experimental procedure to perform microrheological measurements over the widest frequency range possible with optical tweezers. A generalized Langevin equation is used to relate the frequency-dependent moduli of the complex fluid to the time-dependent trajectory of a probe particle as it flips between two optical traps that alternately switch on and off.</p>

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibson, Dr Graham and Warren, Ms Rebecca and Padgett, Professor Miles and Tassieri, Dr Manlio and Cooper, Professor Jonathan
Authors: Preece, D., Warren, R., Evans, R.M.L., Gibson, G.M., Padgett, M.J., Cooper, J., and Tassieri, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Optics
Publisher:Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
ISSN (Online):2040-8986

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