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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Optical tweezer calibration by using a part of the intensity distribution of a trapped particle

Harun Yücel and Nazmi Turan Okumuşoğlu

In this paper, we demonstrated that an optical tweezer setup can be calibrated by using a part of the symmetric intensity distribution of the trapped particle in digital video microscopy. First, we modified the radial symmetry center method, which was a recently proposed position detection algorithm. This algorithm uses gradient vectors of the particle intensity distribution, which allows us to use a part of the symmetric intensity distribution in the calculation of the particle center. We applied the modified algorithm to different camera image configurations, which are obtained by cutting the same experimental video frames. We further calibrated the trap stiffness for each camera configuration. Then we compared the trap stiffness values and the position distributions. As a result, we can conclude that optical tweezer setups can be calibrated by using a part of the intensity distribution of the trapped particle.

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