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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1824–1828

Volume stabilization of single, dye-doped water microdroplets with femtoliter resolution

A. Kiraz, A. Kurt, M. A. Dündar, M. Y. Yüce, and A. L. Demirel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 8, pp. 1824-1828 (2007)

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A self-control mechanism that stabilizes the size of Rhodamine B-doped water microdroplets standing on a superhydrophobic surface is demonstrated. The mechanism relies on the interplay between the condensation rate that was kept constant and the evaporation rate induced by laser excitation, which critically depends on the size of the microdroplets. The radii of individual water microdroplets ( > 5 μ m ) stayed within a few nano meters during long time periods (up to 455 s ). By blocking the laser excitation for 500 ms , the stable volume of individual microdroplets was shown to change stepwise.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(300.2530) Spectroscopy : Fluorescence, laser-induced

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2007
Published: July 19, 2007

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A. Kiraz, A. Kurt, M. A. Dündar, M. Y. Yüce, and A. L. Demirel, "Volume stabilization of single, dye-doped water microdroplets with femtoliter resolution," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 1824-1828 (2007)

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