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A method to determine the shapes of a thermally fluctuating phospholipid vesicle is described. The vesicle that was attached at one point to a glass plate was submitted to a flow. It was observed by an inverted optical microscope using phase contrast technique. A large number of consecutive video images were digitised at different flow velocities and stored(More)
External electric field tends to deform a nearly spherical phospholipid vesicle into a rotational ellipsoid, with the rotational axis parallel to the field [1]. The key parameters that govern the extent of deformation are the field strength, its frequency, the size of the vesicle, the membrane tension, the membrane bending elastic constant, and the electric(More)
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