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Photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy of single optically trapped aerosol droplets
Author(s): Paul A. Covert; Johannes W. Cremer; Ruth Signorell
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10347, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV, 1034729 (25 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275627
Show Author Affiliations
Paul A. Covert, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Johannes W. Cremer, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Ruth Signorell, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10347:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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