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Quantitative spectral light scattering polarimetry for monitoring fractal growth pattern of Bacillus thuringiensis bacterial colonies
Author(s): Paromita Banerjee; Jalpa Soni; Nirmalya Ghosh; Tapas K. Sengupta
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Paper Abstract

It is of considerable current interest to develop various methods which help to understand and quantify the cellular association in growing bacterial colonies and is also important in terms of detection and identification of a bacterial species. A novel approach is used here to probe the morphological structural changes occurring during the growth of the bacterial colony of Bacillus thuringiensis under different environmental conditions (in normal nutrient agar, in presence of glucose - acting as additional nutrient and additional 3mM arsenate as additional toxic material). This approach combines the quantitative Mueller matrix polarimetry to extract intrinsic polarization properties and inverse analysis of the polarization preserving part of the light scattering spectra to determine the fractal parameter H (Hurst exponent) using Born approximation. Interesting differences are observed in the intrinsic polarization parameters and also in the Hurst exponent, which is a measurement of the fractality of a pattern formed by bacteria while growing as a colony. These findings are further confirmed with optical microscopic studies of the same sample and the results indicate a very strong and distinct dependence on the environmental conditions during growth, which can be exploited to quantify different bacterial species and their growth patterns.

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Date Published: 26 February 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8699, Saratov Fall Meeting 2012: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine XIV; and Laser Physics and Photonics XIV, 86990F (26 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016848
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Paromita Banerjee, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (India)
Jalpa Soni, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (India)
Nirmalya Ghosh, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (India)
Tapas K. Sengupta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8699:
Saratov Fall Meeting 2012: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine XIV; and Laser Physics and Photonics XIV
Valery V. Tuchin; Elina A. Genina; Vladimir L. Derbov; Igor V. Meglinski, Editor(s)

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