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Errors in particle tracking velocimetry with high-speed cameras

By Yan Feng, J. Goree and Bin Liu


Velocity errors in particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) are studied. When using high-speed video cameras, the velocity error may increase at a high camera frame rate. This increase in velocity error is due to particle-position uncertainty, which is one of two sources of velocity errors studied here. The other source of error is particle acceleration, which has the opposite trend of diminishing at higher frame rates. Both kinds of errors can propagate into quantities calculated from velocity, such as the kinetic temperature of particles or correlation functions. As demonstrated in a dusty plasma experiment, the kinetic temperature of particles has no unique value when measured using PTV, but depends on the sampling time interval or frame rate. It is also shown that an artifact appears in an autocorrelation function computed from particle positions and velocities, and it becomes more severe when a small sampling-time interval is used. Schemes to reduce these errors are demonstrated.Comment: 6 pages, 5 figures, Review of Scientific Instruments, 2011 (In Press

Topics: Physics - Plasma Physics, Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.3589267
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