Reconstruction of Aerosol Properties from Forward-scattering Intensities

Report No. ARL-MR-0763
Authors: Dr. Gorden Videen and Dr. Matthew Berg
Date/Pages: January 2011; 24 pages
Abstract: This work describes the design and application of an apparatus to image aerosol particles using digital holography in a flowthrough, contact-free manner. Particles in an aerosol stream are illuminated by a triggered, pulsed laser and the pattern produced by the interference of this light with that scattered by the particles is recorded by a digital camera. The recorded pattern constitutes a digital hologram from which an image of the particles is computationally reconstructed using a fast Fourier transform. This imaging is validated using a cluster of ragweed pollen particles. Examples involving mineral-dust aerosols demonstrate the technique's in situ imaging capability for complex-shaped particles over a size range of roughly 15-500 µm. The focusing-like character of the reconstruction process is demonstrated using a sodium chloride (NaCl) aerosol particle and is compared to a similar particle imaged with a conventional microscope.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: January 1, 2011