The Application of Laser Light Scattering to the Study of Biological Motion

  • J. C. Earnshaw
  • M. W. Steer

Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-5
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Vittorio Degiorgio
      Pages 9-30
    3. Martin W. Steer
      Pages 31-41
  3. Techniques and Instrumentation

  4. Macromolecules and Gels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. A. Patkowski, G. Fytas, Th. Dorfmüller
      Pages 227-235
    3. T. W. Taylor, B. J. Ackerson
      Pages 237-241
  5. Membranes and Amphiphilic Systems

  6. Biological Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Martin W. Steer
      Pages 359-366
    3. Jill M. Picton, Martin W. Steer, John C. Earnshaw
      Pages 383-388
    4. Masahiko Sato, Terence Z. Wong, Robert D. Allen
      Pages 389-402
  7. Muscles and Muscle Proteins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Satoru Fujime, Shin’ichi Ishiwata, Tadakazu Maeda
      Pages 459-475
    3. S.-F. Fan, M. M. Dewey, D. Colflesh, B. Chu
      Pages 477-483
    4. E. Del Giudice, S. Doglia, M. Milani
      Pages 493-497
  8. Cytoplasmic Streaming

  9. Motility

About this book


Several previous Advanced Study Institutes have concentrated on the techniques of light scattering, while the biological appli­ cations were not fully explored. Many of the techniques are now standardised and are being applied to a wide range of biologically significant problems both in vivo and in vitro. While laser light scattering methods are superior to conventional methods, there was a general reluctance among biologists to adopt them because of the complexity of the physical techniques and the accompanying mathe­ matical analysis. Consequently valuable opportunities for advancing the understanding of the biological problems were being missed. Advances in the design and commercial availability of standard light scattering instruments, and the availability of standard computer programs, made the more widespread use of these techniques a practical reality for the biologist. While biologists are unable to cope with the complexities of the physical techniques, physicists are generally unaware of the nature and scale of the biological problems. The meeting at Maratea was an attempt to bring these two groups together and provide an impetus for the application of laser light scattering techniques to biology. This volume differs from the three previous proceedings on laser light scattering in the NATO ASI series (B3, B23, B73), in that it has been published in the Life Sciences series rather than the Physics series, reflecting the shift in emphasis from the development of a new technique to its application in biology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. C. Earnshaw
    • 1
  • M. W. Steer
    • 1
  1. 1.The Queen’s University of BelfastBelfastNorthern Ireland

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