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Robust acoustic particle manipulation: a thin-reflector design for moving particles to a surface

By Peter Glynne-Jones, Rosemary J. Boltryk, Martyn Hill, Nicholas R. Harris and Pierre Baclet


Existing ultrasonic manipulation devices capable of pushing particles to a surface (“quarter-wave” devices) have significant potential in sensor applications. A configuration for achieving this that uses the first thickness resonance of a layered structure with both a thin reflector layer and thin-fluid layer is described here. Crucially, this mode is efficient with lossy reflector materials such as polymers, produces a more uniform acoustic radiation force at the reflector, and is less sensitive to geometric variations than previously described quarter-wave devices. This design is thus expected to be suitable for mass produced, disposable device

Topics: TJ
Year: 2009
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Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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