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Diffusion dynamics in an advanced optical trap
Author(s): Svetlana A Tatarkova; Kishan Dholakia
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Paper Abstract

Stochastic processes play a key role in the communications inside the cells, cell mitosis and membrane channel regulation. It has been suggested that the molecular transport mechanism can be based on rectified thermal diffusion in a Brownian ratchet. A two-dimensional optical potential of circular symmetry created by a Bessel light beam is an ideal playground to study these phenomena. This optical field can be tilted to create a periodic (washboard) potential of imperfect Brownian ratchet. The tilt variation induces a directed transport of microparticles or biomolecules across the potential barriers when biomolecules attached non-covalently to these microparticles. In the central maximum of Bessel beam particles can be guided due to radiation pressure. Our data offer a new venue for understanding of cooperative phenomena in biology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5143, Novel Optical Instrumentation for Biomedical Applications, (14 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.499770
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Svetlana A Tatarkova, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Kishan Dholakia, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5143:
Novel Optical Instrumentation for Biomedical Applications
Albert-Claude Boccara, Editor(s)

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