J K Heinrich Hoerber

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To probe the dynamics and size of lipid rafts in the membrane of living cells, the local diffusion of single membrane proteins was measured. A laser trap was used to confine the motion of a bead bound to a raft protein to a small area (diam < or = 100 nm) and to measure its local diffusion by high resolution single particle tracking. Using protein(More)
Cells use polar molecules in the membrane to sense changes in the transmembrane potential. The opening of voltage-gated ion channels and membrane bending due to the inverse flexoelectric effect are two examples of such electromechanical coupling. We have looked for membrane motions in an electric field using atomic (or scanning) force microscopy (AFM) with(More)
The controlled placement of DNA molecules onto solid surfaces is the first step in the fabrication of DNA arrays. The sequential deposition of tiny drops containing the probe DNA fragments using arrays of spotting needles or ink jet nozzles has become a standard. However, a caveat of liquid spotting is the drying of the deposited drop because this creates(More)
With semiconductor structures reaching the nanometer scale, heat conductivity measurements on the mesoscopic range of some tens of nanometers become an increasingly important aspect for the further improvement in digital processing and storage. Also the attempt to use atomic-force microscopy (AFM) technology for high-density data storage by writing(More)
Shear force microscopy is not normally associated with the imaging of biomolecules in a liquid environment. Here we show that the recently developed scattered evanescent wave (SEW) detection system, combined with custom-designed vertically oriented cantilevers (VOCs), can reliably produce true non-contact images in liquid of DNA molecules. The range of(More)
Hintergrund. Die Untersuchung der molekularen Funktionsweise des mechanoelektrischen Sensorsystems kochleärer Haarsinnesbündel erfordert eine Technologie, mit der nanometergenaue Manipulationen am einzelnen Stereozilium ausgeführt und die elektrischen Antworten unter physiologischen Bedingungen gemessen werden können: das Rasterkraftmikroskop (AFM).(More)
The mechanical characterization of biomolecular motors requires force sensors with sub-piconewton resolution. The coupling of a nanoscale motor to this type of microscale sensors introduces structural deformations in the motor according to the thermally activated degrees of freedom of the sensor. At present, no simple solution is available to reduce these(More)
A method of combined thin-film deposition, electron beam lithography, and ion milling is presented for the fabrication of gold and silver nanostructures. The flexibility of lithographical processes for the variation of geometric parameters is combined with three-dimensional control over the surface evolution. Depending on the etching angle, different shapes(More)