1 January 2010 Particle sizing by photon correlation laser Doppler anemometer in the submicron/nanometer size range
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A particle sizing algorithm is developed for nanoparticle sizing with laser Doppler anemometry/velocimetry systems. A model-based signal processing method is used to estimate the particle size from the autocorrelation curve corresponding to a single particle transit. Two kinds of figures of merit functions are combined to improve the sensitivity. The optimal setup parameters (refractive index, wavelength, and observation direction) and trajectory error are investigated in independent simulation studies. At 514-nm illumination wavelength, the most sensitive size region is found below 300 nm down to the sizing limit (20 photons on average from a single particle transit). The required laser power is searched for by the lower sizing limit based on the calibration measurement. The size estimation of a polystyrene sphere particle of 50 nm diameter requires at least 123-kW/cm2 laser power density at 350 nm, while 587 kW/cm2 at 514 nm is used in the studied system.
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Lénárd Vámos, Péter J. Jani, "Particle sizing by photon correlation laser Doppler anemometer in the submicron/nanometer size range," Optical Engineering 49(1), 013602 (1 January 2010). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3292002 . Submission:
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