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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17189–17202

Tracking rotational diffusion of colloidal clusters

Gary L. Hunter, Kazem V. Edmond, Mark T. Elsesser, and Eric R. Weeks  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17189-17202 (2011)

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We describe a novel method of tracking the rotational motion of clusters of colloidal particles. Our method utilizes rigid body transformations to determine the rotations of a cluster and extends conventional proven particle tracking techniques in a simple way, thus facilitating the study of rotational dynamics in systems containing or composed of colloidal clusters. We test our method by measuring dynamical properties of simulated Brownian clusters under conditions relevant to microscopy experiments. We then use the technique to track and describe the motions of a real colloidal cluster imaged with confocal microscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(180.6900) Microscopy : Three-dimensional microscopy
(100.4999) Image processing : Pattern recognition, target tracking

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Original Manuscript: July 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 8, 2011
Published: August 17, 2011

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Gary L. Hunter, Kazem V. Edmond, Mark T. Elsesser, and Eric R. Weeks, "Tracking rotational diffusion of colloidal clusters," Opt. Express 19, 17189-17202 (2011)

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