All-optical measurements of the bending rigidity of lipid-vesicle membranes across structural phase transitions

Chau Hwang Lee, Wan Chen Lin, Jyhpyng Wang

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Abstract

By exploiting the nanometer sensitivity of the confocal response to the position of an in-focus reflecting surface, we measured the bending rigidity of lipid-bilayer vesicles with a noninvasive all-optical method. The vesicles were weakly deformed with femtonewton optical force, and the bending rigidity was measured continuously from the [formula presented] through the [formula presented] to the [formula presented] phases on the same specimen for the first time. The bending modulus is found to increase by an order of magnitude from the [formula presented] phase to the [formula presented] phase, as a result of the increasing area-compressibility modulus and bilayer thickness. The dips of bending modulus give precisely the main-transition and pretransition temperatures, which supports the recently proposed chain-melting model of pretransition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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