Single-beam oscillating optical tweezers can be used to trap rod-shaped bacterial cells and align them with their long axis lying within the focal plane. While such configuration is useful for imaging applications, the corresponding imaging resolution is limited by the fluctuations of the trapped cell. We study the fluctuations of four of the coordinates of the trapped cell, two for its center of mass position and two for its angular orientation, showing the way they depend on the trap length and the trapping beam power. We find that optimal trapping stability is obtained when the trap length is about the same as the cell length and that cell fluctuations in the focal plane decrease like the inverse of the trapping power.
|Journal||Physical Review E|
|State||Published - 1 Jun 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics