Diving with microparticles in acoustic fields

Alvaro Marin (Other), Massimiliano Rossi (Other), Rune Barnkob (Other), Per Augustsson (Other), Peter Barkholt Muller (Other), Henrik Bruus (Other), Thomas Laurell (Other), Christian Kaehler (Other)

Research output: Non-textual formSound/Visual production (digital)Research


Sound can move particles. A good example of this phenomenon is the Chladni plate, in which an acoustic wave is induced in a metallic plate and particles migrate to the nodes of the acoustic wave. For several years, acoustophoresis has been used to manipulate microparticles in microscopic scales. In this fluid dynamics video, submitted to the 30th Annual Gallery of Fluid Motion, we show the basic mechanism of the technique and a simple way of visualize it. Since acoustophoretic phenomena is essentially a three-dimensional effect, we employ a simple technique to visualize the particles in 3D. The technique is called Astigmatism Particle Tracking Velocimetry and it consists in the use of cylindrical lenses to induce a deformation in the particle shape, which will be then correlated with its distance from the observer. With this method we are able to dive with the particles and observe in detail particle motion that would otherwise be missed. The technique not only permits visualization but also precise quantitative measurements that can be compared with theory and simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Media of outputVideo
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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30th Annual Gallery of Fluid Motion


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