Abstract

We report on an experimental setup for single-particle orbit tracking, which allows following fluorescent nanoparticles for more than 10 min with a temporal resolution of 4 ms and a dynamic position accuracy of better than 10 nm. On a model sample—20 nm sized fluorescent polymer beads in glycerol—we will illustrate how artifacts caused by unavoidable experimental shortcomings (might) obscure the experimental result and how misinterpretations can be prevented.

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