Structure and interaction potentials in solid-supported lipid membranes studied by X-ray reflectivity at varied osmotic pressure
Institut für Röntgenphysik, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077, Göttingen, Germany
Accepted: 26 May 2006
Published online: 27 June 2006
Highly oriented solid-supported lipid membranes in stacks of controlled number N ≃ 16 (oligo-membranes) have been prepared by spin-coating using the uncharged lipid model system 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC). The samples have been immersed in aqueous polymer solutions for control of osmotic pressure and have been studied by X-ray reflectivity. The bilayer structure and fluctuations have been determined by modelling the data over the full q-range. Thermal fluctuations are described using the continuous smectic Hamiltonian with the appropriate boundary conditions at the substrate and at the free surface of the stack. The resulting fluctuation amplitudes and the pressure-distance relation are discussed in view of the inter-bilayer potential.
PACS: 61.10.Kw X-ray reflectometry (surfaces, interfaces, films) – / 87.16.Dg Membranes, bilayers, and vesicles – / 87.15.Ya Fluctuations –
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