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Opt Express. 2010 Jun 21;18(13):13563-73. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.013563.

Strategies for three-dimensional particle tracking with holographic video microscopy.

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Department of Physics and Center for Soft Matter Research, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA.


The video stream captured by an in-line holographic microscope can be analyzed on a frame-by-frame basis to track individual colloidal particles' three-dimensional motions with nanometer resolution. In this work, we compare the performance of two complementary analysis techniques, one based on fitting to the exact Lorenz-Mie theory and the other based on phenomenological interpretation of the scattered light field reconstructed with Rayleigh-Sommerfeld back-propagation. Although Lorenz-Mie tracking provides more information and is inherently more precise, Rayleigh-Sommerfeld reconstruction is faster and more general. The two techniques agree quantitatively on colloidal spheres' in-plane positions. Their systematic differences in axial tracking can be explained in terms of the illuminated objects' light scattering properties.

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