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Scattering Morphology Resolved Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (SMR-TIRM) Of Colloidal Spheres

Nanometer to micrometer scale colloidal particles are regularly found in applications in which surface forces dominate behavior. Consequently, a wide range of surface force measurement tools have been developed to probe interactions as a function of physiochemical properties. One tool, Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (TIRM), is an exceptionally sensitive probe of both conservative and non-conservative surface forces. A recent variant of TIRM called Scattering Morphology Resolved (SMR) TIRM utilizes the morphology of scattered light in concert with the integrated intensity to measure the position and orientation of a colloidal particle. Although the target of SMR-TIRM is the field of non-spherical “anisotropic” particles, spherical particles have been found to scatter evanescent waves with surprising morphology. Herein, we present experiments and simulations of the scattering morphology of a spherical particle. The morphology was probed as a function of particle size, incident beam polarization, and particle separation distance. We found that spherical particles scattered light with a noncircular morphology. Moreover, we found the morphology depended upon both the scaled particle size with respect to the incident beam wavelength and the incident beam polarization. Although the scattering morphology from the sphere was surprisingly complex, we did not find that these effects would alter the interpretation of scattering as a function of particle separation distance.

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Yan, J., Efremenko, D.S., Vasilyeva, A.A. et al. Scattering Morphology Resolved Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (SMR-TIRM) Of Colloidal Spheres. Comput Math Model 32, 86–93 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10598-021-09518-x

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