View all titles in the series
Add to Cart

An Introduction to Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

Thorsten Wohland, Sudipta Maiti, Radek Macháň


An Introduction to Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy represents a comprehensive introduction to fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), a biophysical experimental technique increasingly used to study and quantify molecular mobility, concentrations and interactions in vitro, as well as in living cells and multicellular organisms. Students and researchers who are new to FCS can use the book as the first introduction to the technique, while those who are already using FCS regularly in their research may find it useful to deepen their understanding of the technique, its possibilities, limitations, and potential pitfalls as well as ways to avoid them. 

This book introduces the reader to all aspects of FCS needed for practical usage of the technique in their research. In the beginning the concept of fluorescence intensity fluctuations and their auto- and cross-correlation functions are explained to give readers an understanding of the underlying principles. This is followed by an overview of instrumental FCS setups and various ways of data collection and processing, the derivations of theoretical models relating the experimentally obtained correlation functions to the underlying molecular processes, and the description of the fitting of experimental data with those models. Mathematically more involved portions are separated from the rest of the text and can be easily skipped by readers more interested in the conceptual and practical aspects of FCS. The book contains interactive graphics and is accompanied by an interactive computable document file allowing the reader to test the dependence of FCS results on a variety of experimental parameters, and to gain practical insights into FCS data fitting.

Key Features
  • Introduces the concepts of FCS in an accessible way, supported by animations and graphics in the ebook.
  • Includes a supplementary interactive computable document file that allows the reader to experiment with various FCS setup and fit parameters, allowing readers to test their understanding and simulate experimental outcomes.
  • Provides rigorous mathematical derivations of fundamental FCS equations and models.
  • Pedagogical features include questions, short reviews and critical discussions of literature relevant to the particular chapter that include applications and fundamental developments in the field of FCS.

About Editors

Thorsten Wohland is a professor in the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship and the Outstanding Scientist Award of the faculty of science at NUS. His interests lie in the development of fluorescence techniques and their application to biological systems. He continues to develop new FCS modalities and is passionate about teaching FCS, which motivated the writing of this book.

Sudipta Maiti is a professor of chemical sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai, India). His research focuses on protein aggregation, neurotransmission and development of microscopy techniques. He organizes the long-running annual FCS Workshop in India. He is the co-founder and president of the Fluorescence Society (India) and president of the International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS, Germany). He is also a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Radek Macháň has worked as imaging scientist in microscopy core facilities since 2016, first at Charles University in Prague and then at the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering located at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Throughout his work at the microscopy core facilities, Radek has continued to promote FCS and related techniques by assisting facility users with FCS experiments and by teaching FCS at courses and practical workshops.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

2 Correlation Functions

3 Fluorescence Excitation and Detection

4 Data Structure, Correlation and Processing

5 Theoretical FCS Models

6 Theoretical FCCS Models

7 Artefacts in FCS

8 Data Fitting

9 FCS and FCCS Measurement Strategies

10 Where To Go From Here?


Hardback ISBN: 9780750320788

Ebook ISBN: 9780750320801

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2080-1

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: Biophysical Society-IOP Series


« Back