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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2003
  • pp: 6704–6709

Measurement of the bulk viscosity of liquid by Brillouin scattering

Jianfeng Xu, Xiaobin Ren, Wenping Gong, Rui Dai, and Dahe Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 33, pp. 6704-6709 (2003)

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The aim is to develop a rapid and direct method for measuring the bulk viscosity of a liquid as a function of temperature. Brillouin scattering of a laser beam in fresh water and salt water at different temperatures has been studied. The results show that there exists a close temperature-dependent relationship among the Brillouin frequency shift, the Brillouin linewidth, and the bulk viscosity of water. Thus the bulk viscosity of water can be determined directly from Brillouin-scattering measurements. The method has a high signal-to-noise ratio and high accuracy.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.3700) Scattering : Linewidth
(290.5830) Scattering : Scattering, Brillouin

Original Manuscript: January 27, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 23, 2003
Published: November 20, 2003

Jianfeng Xu, Xiaobin Ren, Wenping Gong, Rui Dai, and Dahe Liu, "Measurement of the bulk viscosity of liquid by Brillouin scattering," Appl. Opt. 42, 6704-6709 (2003)

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