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Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 777–782 | Cite as

Imaging diffusion in a microfluidic device by third harmonic microscopy

  • Uwe PetzoldEmail author
  • Andreas Büchel
  • Steffen Hardt
  • Thomas Halfmann
Research Article

Abstract

We monitor and characterize near-surface diffusion of miscible, transparent liquids in a microfluidic device by third harmonic microscopy. The technique enables observations even of transparent or index-matched media without perturbation of the sample. In particular, we image concentrations of ethanol diffusing in water and estimate the diffusion coefficient from the third harmonic images. We obtain a diffusion coefficient D = (460 ± 30) μm2/s, which is consistent with theoretical predictions. The investigations clearly demonstrate the potential of harmonic microscopy also under the challenging conditions of transparent fluids.

Keywords

Microfluidic Device Second Harmonic Generation Laser Focus Third Harmonic Generation Tunable Laser Source 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe Petzold
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Büchel
    • 1
  • Steffen Hardt
    • 2
  • Thomas Halfmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte PhysikTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Center of Smart InterfacesTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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