Biofilm rupture by laser-induced stress waves increases with loading amplitude, independent of location

Kaitlyn L. Kearns, James D. Boyd & Martha E. Grady
Integral to the production of safe and biocompatible medical devices is to determine the interfacial properties that effect or control strong biofilm adhesion. The laser spallation technique has recently emerged as an advantageous technique to quantify biofilm adhesion across candidate biomedical surfaces. However, there is a possibility that membrane tension is a factor that contributes to the stress required to separate biofilm and substrate. In that case, the stress amplitude, controlled by laser fluence, that...
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