Seeing cells in a new light: a renaissance of Brillouin spectroscopy Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Optical Society of America. Over the years, light scattering from acoustic waves has grown to be increasingly important in the fields of biology and medicine. This type of scattering, known as Brillouin scattering, has already seen a plethora of applications in fields such as physics. However, the potential for Brillouin scattering for medical imaging and diagnostics has only recently been considered. In this work, we summarize most of the applications of Brillouin scattering in biology to date, and some current work in our lab showing how Brillouin scattering is a worthy prospect for many emerging problems in biology and medical diagnostics.

published proceedings


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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Meng, Z., Traverso, A. J., Ballmann, C. W., Troyanova-Wood, M. A., & Yakovlev, V. V.

citation count

  • 103

complete list of authors

  • Meng, Zhaokai||Traverso, Andrew J||Ballmann, Charles W||Troyanova-Wood, Maria A||Yakovlev, Vladislav V

publication date

  • June 2016