UNIT 1.2 Fluidics

  1. Richard Stovel

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142956.cy0102s01

Current Protocols in Cytometry

Current Protocols in Cytometry

How to Cite

Stovel, R. 2001. Fluidics. Current Protocols in Cytometry. 1:1.2:1.2.1–1.2.7.

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  1. Stanford University, Stanford, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JUL 1997

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The primary function of the fluidics of a flow cytometer is to deliver cells to the sensing area in a single file well aligned with the detectors. In a sorting instrument, the fluidics must also be capable of physically isolating those cells selected on the basis of measurements made by the instrument. The unit discusses primary and secondary fluidic functions, types of sensing area, types of sample delivery, potential problems affecting sample flow, and sorting.