Infographic: Shaken Loose
Infographic: Shaken Loose

Infographic: Shaken Loose

How acoustic waves let researchers measure whether, and how firmly, cells are bound to a substrate

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Dec 1, 2018

To test whether cells are adhered to a given substrate (cells or molecules) and if so, how firmly, a piezo-produced acoustic standing wave fills the single cell acoustic force spectroscopy (scAFS) chamber, forcing non-bound cells to move up to the wave’s nodal plane and out of the microscope’s focal plane.

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