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High Resolution Viscosity Measurement by Thermal Noise Detection

By Felipe Aguilar Sandoval, Manuel SepĂșlveda, Ludovic Bellon and Francisco Melo


An interferometric method is implemented in order to accurately assess the thermal fluctuations of a micro-cantilever sensor in liquid environments. The power spectrum density (PSD) of thermal fluctuations together with Sader's model of the cantilever allow for the indirect measurement of the liquid viscosity with good accuracy. The good quality of the deflection signal and the characteristic low noise of the instrument allow for the detection and corrections of drawbacks due to both the cantilever shape irregularities and the uncertainties on the position of the laser spot at the fluctuating end of the cantilever. Variation of viscosity below 0.03 mPa$\cdot$s was detected with the alternative to achieve measurements with a volume as low as 50 $\mu$L.Comment: Sensors, MDPI, 201

Topics: Condensed Matter - Soft Condensed Matter, Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors
Publisher: 'MDPI AG'
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.3390/s151127905
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