Biomechanical studies of living cells using the optical stretcher

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

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

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


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 (Optics InfoBase Conference Papers). Optical Society of America (OSA).