Volume 83, Number 4, August 2008
Article Number 46001
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 04 August 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 46001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/46001

Precise measurement of diffusion by multi-color dual-focus fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

C. B. Müller1, A. Loman2, V. Pacheco3, F. Koberling4, D. Willbold3, W. Richtering1 and J. Enderlein2

1  Institute of Physical Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University - 52056 Aachen, Germany, EU
2  Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Eberhard Karls University - 72076 Tübingen, Germany, EU
3  Institute for Neurobiology and Biophysics 2, Forschungszentrum Jülich - 52425 Jülich, Germany, EU
4  PicoQuant GmbH - 12961 Berlin, Germany, EU

received 14 April 2008; accepted in final form 25 June 2008; published August 2008
published online 4 August 2008

Dual-focus fluorescence correlation spectroscopy is a method for precisely measuring the diffusion coefficient of fluorescing molecules close to the infinite dilution limit in a reference-free and absolute manner. We apply the method to determine the diffusion coefficients of three fluorescent dyes across the visible spectrum. These values can be used as absolute reference standards for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. In particular, it is found that the diffusion coefficient of the widely used reference dye Rhodamine 6G is by 37% larger than the value used in most publications on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy over the last three decades.

66.10.C- - Diffusion and thermal diffusion.
87.15.Vv - Diffusion.
87.64.kv - Fluorescence.

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