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1 November 2009 Design and realization of a high-stability optical tweezer
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We present a method in which we stabilize mechanically an optical tweezer setup over a period ranging up to 30 min. A feedback loop is used to correct the mechanical and thermal drifts. The position of a fixed object on the sample surface is measured with a CCD device and its fluctuations analyzed and used to maintain its position fixed with three piezoelectric devices. With this setup, we obtain a spatial stability of 1.5 nm in the radial direction and 5 nm in the axial direction. This method opens the route for real-time measurements of kinetics of macromolecules association, at a single molecule level, on very long time scales.
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Slawomir Drobczynski, Pascal Hébraud, Jean-Pierre Munch, and Sébastian Harlepp "Design and realization of a high-stability optical tweezer," Optical Engineering 48(11), 113601 (1 November 2009).
Published: 1 November 2009

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