Biomechanical studies of living cells using the optical stretcher

Carolyn L. Posey, Meg M. Marquardt, Russell P. Wolfe, Michael G. Nichols

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The optical stretcher is a novel biophotonic device capable of trapping and stretching individual biological cells. A geometrical optics model of force generation is used to determine cellular elasticity. Laser induced heating is carefully considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2006
PublisherOptical Society of America
ISBN (Print)1557528187, 9781557528186
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2006 - Rochester, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2006Oct 10 2006


OtherFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2006
CountryUnited States
CityRochester, NY


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Posey, C. L., Marquardt, M. M., Wolfe, R. P., & Nichols, M. G. (2006). Biomechanical studies of living cells using the optical stretcher. In Frontiers in Optics, FiO 2006 Optical Society of America.