Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1305.6327 (S. K. Dutta et al.)

Development of a confocal rheometer for soft and biological materials    [PDF]

S. K. Dutta, A. Mbi, Richard C. Arevalo, Daniel L. Blair
We discuss the design and operation of a confocal rheometer, formed by integrating an Anton Paar MCR301 stress-controlled rheometer with a Leica SP5 laser scanning confocal microscope. Combining two commercial instruments results in a system which is straightforward to assemble that preserves the performance of each component with virtually no impact on the precision of either device. The instruments are configured so that the microscope can acquire time-resolved, three-dimensional volumes of a sample whose bulk viscoelastic properties are being measured simultaneously. We describe several aspects of the design and, to demonstrate the system's capabilities, present the results of a few common measurements in the study of soft materials.
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