25 August 2017 Photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy of single optically trapped aerosol droplets
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Photoacoustics have been widely used for the study of aerosol optical properties. To date, these studies have been performed on particle ensembles, with minimal ability to control for particle size. Here, we present our singleparticle photoacoustic spectrometer. The sensitivity and stability of the instrument is discussed, along with results from two experiments that illustrate the unique capabilities of this instrument. In the first experiment, we present a measurement of the particle size-dependence of the photoacoustic response. Our results confirm previous models of aerosol photoacoustics that had yet to be experimentally tested. The second set of results reveals a size-dependence of photochemical processes within aerosols that results from the nanofocusing of light within individual droplets.
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Paul A. Covert, Paul A. Covert, Johannes W. Cremer, Johannes W. Cremer, Ruth Signorell, Ruth Signorell, } "Photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy of single optically trapped aerosol droplets", Proc. SPIE 10347, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV, 1034729 (25 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275627; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2275627

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