Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Three-dimensional optical polarization tomography of single molecules
Authors: Prummer, Michael
Sick, Beate
Hecht, Bert
Wild, Urs P.
DOI: 10.1063/1.1569848
Published in: The Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume(Issue): 118
Issue: 21
Pages: 9824
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher / Ed. Institution: American Institute of Physics
ISSN: 0021-9606
Language: English
Subjects: Optics; Microscopy; Single molecule; Multi parameter
Subject (DDC): 540: Chemistry
Abstract: We apply the concept of tomography to polarization-sensitive optical microscopy of single fluorophores to determine the three-dimensional orientation of molecular absorption dipoles with isotropic sensitivity. Wide-field microscopy provides the opportunity to monitor simultaneously three-dimensional rotation and two-dimensional translation of many molecules in parallel. For orientation determination the molecules are illuminated from different directions of incidence with linearly polarized light. In each exposure the excitation along a particular projection of the absorption dipole on the electric field leads to a distinct fluorescence intensity. Five exposures are sufficient to determine the full orientation of the fluorophores. To demonstrate the potential of the method we determine the orientation and position of individual immobilized lipid membrane markers. The shot-noise-limited isotropic angular resolution is 2°. For time-resolved studies the bandwidth can be expanded up to 200 Hz.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Data Analysis and Process Design (IDP)
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