Monday, April 17, 2017

Real-time monitoring and visualization of the multi-dimensional motion of an anisotropic nanoparticle

Gi-Hyun Go, Seungjin Heo, Jong-Hoi Cho, Yang-Seok Yoo, MinKwan Kim, Chung-Hyun Park & Yong-Hoon Cho

As interest in anisotropic particles has increased in various research fields, methods of tracking such particles have become increasingly desirable. Here, we present a new and intuitive method to monitor the Brownian motion of a nanowire, which can construct and visualize multi-dimensional motion of a nanowire confined in an optical trap, using a dual particle tracking system. We measured the isolated angular fluctuations and translational motion of the nanowire in the optical trap, and determined its physical properties, such as stiffness and torque constants, depending on laser power and polarization direction. This has wide implications in nanoscience and nanotechnology with levitated anisotropic nanoparticles.

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