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Probing orientation and rotation of red blood cells in optical tweezers by digital holographic microscopy
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Paper Abstract

Interaction of red blood cells (RBC) with optical tweezers has been found to differ under varied physiological and pathological conditions as compared to its normal conditions. Earlier, we reported difference in rotation of trapped RBC in hypertonic conditions for detection of malaria infection. Disk-like RBC when trapped in optical tweezers get oriented in the vertical plane to maximize interaction with trapping beam. However, classical bright field, phase contrast or epifluorescence microscopy cannot confirm its orientation, thus leading to ambiguous conclusions such as folding of RBC during trapping by some researchers. Now, with use of digital holographic microscopy (DHM), we achieved high axial sensitivity that confirmed orientation of trapped red blood cell. Further, DHM enabled quantitative phase imaging of RBC under hypertonic condition. Dynamic changes of rotating RBC under optical tweezers at different trapping laser power were evaluated by the use of DHM. The deviation from linear dependence of rotation speed of RBC on laser power, was attributed towards deformation of RBC shape due to higher laser power (or speed).

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7906, Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XI: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics; and Design and Performance Validation of Phantoms Used in Conjunction with Optical Measurement of Tissue III, 790613 (11 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876001
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Nelson Cardenas, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Lingfeng Yu, Nanoscope Technologies LLC (United States)
Samarendra K. Mohanty, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7906:
Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XI: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics; and Design and Performance Validation of Phantoms Used in Conjunction with Optical Measurement of Tissue III
Gerard L. Coté; Robert J. Nordstrom, Editor(s)

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