Falling ball viscosimetry of giant vesicle membranes: Finite-size effects
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We study the general problem of the friction felt by a spherical solid particle which moves parallel to the membrane of a spherical vesicle. Experiments are carried out with SOPC vesicles at room temperature, with different particle and vesicle sizes. Experimental data show considerable finite-size effects whenever the particle is not very small compared to the vesicle. These effects are found consistent with the hydrodynamical theory of the vesicle-particle problem. This agreement allows for a “robust” determination of membrane viscosity, independently of particle and vesicle sizes.
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