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Optical Trapping and Stretching of Lipid Vesicles

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Abstract

We demonstrate a dual-beam fiber trap for optically stretching lipid vesicles encapsulated with poly(ethylene glycol) polymer solution. Vesicle deformations exhibit ranges of linear and non-linear response for applied peak stresses of ~7-60 mN/m2.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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