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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 1990
  • pp: 4159–4169

Miniature laser light scattering instrumentation for particle size analysis

Robert G. W. Brown, James G. Burnett, John Mansbridge, and Christopher I. Moir  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 28, pp. 4159-4169 (1990)

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We describe the design, construction, and testing of a miniature, all-solid state laser light scattering instrument for determination of particle sizes and distributions using photon correlation spectroscopy techniques (i.e., quasielastic or dynamic light scattering). Detailed comparative tests with standard photon correlation spectroscopy equipment are presented.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: July 3, 1989
Published: October 1, 1990

Robert G. W. Brown, James G. Burnett, John Mansbridge, and Christopher I. Moir, "Miniature laser light scattering instrumentation for particle size analysis," Appl. Opt. 29, 4159-4169 (1990)

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