Gold Nanorod-assisted Optical Stimulation of Neuronal Cells.

  title={Gold Nanorod-assisted Optical Stimulation of Neuronal Cells.},
  author={Chiara Paviolo and S L Sally L McArthur and Paul R. Stoddart},
  journal={Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE},
Recent studies have demonstrated that nerves can be stimulated in a variety of ways by the transient heating associated with the absorption of infrared light by water in neuronal tissue. This technique holds great potential for replacing or complementing standard stimulation techniques, due to the potential for increased localization of the stimulus and minimization of mechanical contact with the tissue. However, optical approaches are limited by the inability of visible light to penetrate deep… CONTINUE READING
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