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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 1999
  • pp: 2698–2705

Optical particle-sizing method that provides optical isolation of the sampling volume

Vadim M. Kustov, Dmitry A. Markov, and David J. Mehrl  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 12, pp. 2698-2705 (1999)

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We have constructed and tested a novel particle sizer that employs particle counting (the time-domain approach) rather than the ensemble-diffraction approach that currently dominates the market in atmospheric-dust particle sizers. The method does not depend on mechanical devices to restrict particles within the sampling volume but instead allows for optical isolation of the sampling volume. This technique is useful for atmospheric-dust measurements for which nonobtrusive measurement is often desirable.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: July 23, 1998
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 1998
Published: April 20, 1999

Vadim M. Kustov, Dmitry A. Markov, and David J. Mehrl, "Optical particle-sizing method that provides optical isolation of the sampling volume," Appl. Opt. 38, 2698-2705 (1999)

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