Frequency-dependent properties of a fluid jet stimulus: Calibration, modeling, and application to cochlear hair cell bundles

Theo Dinklo, Cecil J. W. Meulenberg, Sietse M. van Netten*

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The investigation of small physiological mechanosensory systems, such as hair cells or their accessory structures in the inner ear or lateral line organ, requires mechanical stimulus equipment that allows spatial manipulation with micrometer precision and stimulation with amplitudes down to the nanometer scale. Here, we describe the calibration of a microfluid jet produced by a device that was designed to excite individual cochlear hair cell bundles or cupulae of the fish superficial lateral line system. The calibration involves a precise definition of the linearity and time-and frequency-dependent characteristics of the fluid jet as produced by a pressurized fluid-filled container combined with a glass pipette having a microscopically sized tip acting as an orifice. A procedure is described that can be applied during experiments to obtain a fluid jet's frequency response, which may vary with each individual glass pipette. At small orifice diameters (

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)167-182
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftJournal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - jun.-2007

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