DOI: 10.1119/5.0167269 ISSN: 0002-9505

Acoustic trapping in the undergraduate laboratory

Andrea Boskovic, Kate M. Jones, Alejandra Velasquez, Isabel P. Hardy, Maya L. Bulos, Ashley R. Carter, Martin Wiklund
  • General Physics and Astronomy

Acoustic trapping is used in modern biophysics laboratories to study cell adhesion or aggregation, to sort particles, or to build model tissues. Here, we create an acoustic trapping setup in liquid for an undergraduate instructional laboratory that is low-cost, easy to build, and produces results in a 1-hour laboratory period. In this setup, we use a glass slide, cover slip, and double-sided tape to make the sample chamber. A piezo-electric transducer connected to a function generator serves as the acoustic source. We use this setup to measure the node spacing (millimeters) and the acoustic trap force (picoNewtons). We anticipate that the simplicity of the experimental setup, the tractability of the theoretical equations, and the richness of the research topics on the subject will lead to an undergraduate laboratory with many interesting student projects.

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