Measurement of liquid surface properties by laser-induced surface deformation spectroscopy

K. Sakai, D. Mizuno, K. Takagi

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We developed a technique of picking up the liquid surface in a noncontact manner by a cw-laser radiation. The momentum change of light at the laser transmission through the air-liquid interface appears as the radiation pressure, which deforms the liquid surface into the shape determined by the balance between the Laplace force of the curved surface and the radiation pressure. The displacement of the liquid surface is inversely proportional to the surface tension, which was measured by an optical probe. The dynamic response of the liquid surface deformation was theoretically derived under the periodical modulation of the radiation pressure. The experimentally observed spectra were in good agreement with the theory giving the dynamic properties of the liquid surface. The technique of the laser induced surface deformation has potential as a measurement tool of the surface dynamic properties, such as the time-dependent surface tension and surface viscoelasticity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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