Date: 23 Jul 2012

Near-field laser Doppler velocimetry measures near-wall velocities

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Abstract

A new near-wall velocimetry technique is proposed, based on evanescent wave dynamic light scattering, which allows for the measurement of near-wall velocity profile (characterized by an apparent slip velocity and a shear rate) with a resolution of tens of nanometers. A full theoretical expression of the correlation function is derived for the case of linear flow with negligible Brownian motion. The technique is demonstrated for latex spheres dispersed in water-glycerol mixtures.