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20110181880Evaporative Light Scattering Detector - Components suitable for use in an evaporative light scattering detector and other devices are disclosed. Methods of making and using components suitable for use in an evaporative light scattering detector and other devices are also disclosed.07-28-2011
20100103415MIST MEASURING APPARATUS - An object of the present invention is to provide a mist measuring apparatus in which visual confirmation performance is enhanced, and high-accuracy detection is enabled. In the mist measuring apparatus including a housing, and a light source that is provided in this housing and emits light to a misty cutting fluid, the housing is provided around an ejection part of the misty cutting fluid, the light emitted from the light source is a visible ray, and the housing is provided with an observation part for observing scattered light from the misty cutting fluid.04-29-2010
20090073439APPARATUS, COMPUTER-ACCESSIBLE MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING CHEMICAL AND/OR MOLECULAR COMPOSITIONS OF CORONARY ATHEROSCLEROTIC PLAQUES IN ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES - Exemplary apparatus and method can be provided for controlling at least one electro-magnetic radiation. For example, it is possible to rotate and/or translate at least one optical waveguide. At least one of the optical waveguide(s) can receive a first radiation at a first wavelength and transmit the first radiation to at least one sample. Such optical waveguide and/or another optical waveguide may receive a second radiation at a second wavelength that is different from the first wavelength. For example, the second radiation may be produced based on an inelastic scattering of the first radiation. In addition, exemplary apparatus and method can be provided which can also be used to receive data associated with the second radiation, determine at least one characteristic of the at least one sample based on the data, and generate the image and/or the map of a portion of the arterial sample based on the at least one characteristic. Further, exemplary computer-accessible medium can be provided which includes a software arrangement thereon. When a processing arrangement executes the software arrangement, the processing arrangement is configured to modify at least one characteristic of an arrangement using certain procedures. These exemplary procedures include simulating at least one electro-magnetic radiation provided into and out of the arrangement, simulating an inelastic scattering radiation from at least one simulated sample, receiving the simulated inelastic scattering radiation into and out of the simulated arrangement, and determining a simulated characteristic of the simulated arrangement as a function of the simulated inelastic scattering radiation.03-19-2009
20100134796PARTICLE COUNTER - The present invention provides a particle counter capable of accurately discriminating the signal of scattered light by real particles from the background light noise, and furthermore, capable of detecting smaller particles than conventional particle counters. The particle counter according to the present invention includes: a light irradiator for emitting light to the measurement area 06-03-2010
20090303478APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL SIGNATURES FROM COINAGE - An apparatus for producing scattering signatures from a coin comprises a platform configured to hold the coin and an electromagnetic radiation source configured to produce a beam directed toward a portion of at least one surface of the coin. The electromagnetic radiation source is arranged to produce a far-field scattering signature upon interaction the at least one surface of the coin. A plurality of collection elements is configured to produce an electrical signal based upon collecting at least a portion of the far-field scattering signature.12-10-2009
20120218549METHOD FOR ESTIMATING LIGHT SCATTERING - The invention relates to a method for estimating the quantity of light scattered by a heterogeneous participating media, the light being transmitted by a light environment comprising a plurality of light sources. In order to improve the display while minimising the required calculation time, the method comprises steps for: 08-30-2012
20130162992GONIOPHOTOMETRIC MEASUREMENT METHOD FOR THE CHARACTERISATION OF PIGMENTS AND FILLERS - The present invention relates to a method for the characterisation of pigments and fillers in which the luminance of a pigmented transparent medium is determined against a dark background. This measurement method is particularly suitable for determining the optical properties of cosmetic fillers.06-27-2013
20090237658Methods for Altering One or More Parameters of a Measurement System - Methods for altering one or more parameters of a measurement system are provided. One method includes analyzing a sample using the system to generate values from classification channels of the system for a population of particles in the sample. The method also includes identifying a region in a classification space in which the values for the populations are located. In addition, the method includes determining an optimized classification region for the population using one or more properties of the region. The optimized classification region contains a predetermined percentage of the values for the population. The optimized classification region is used for classification of particles in additional samples.09-24-2009
20090122314Micro-LiDAR Velocity, Temperature, Density, Concentration Sensor - A light scatter sensor includes a sensor body in which are positioned a plurality of optical fibers. The sensor body includes a surface, in one end of each of the optical fibers terminates at the surface of the sensor body. One of the optical fibers is an illumination fiber for emitting light. A plurality of second optical fibers are collection fibers for collecting scattered light signals. A light sensor processor is connected to the collection fibers to detect the scattered light signals.05-14-2009
20100302540METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A FOAM DENSITY - Method and device for determining a foam density of foam in beverage containers utilizing the Tyndall effect, and having a focused light bundle emitted into the foam by means of a light source, where the light bundle is refracted in the foam and a scattered ray becomes visible on a surface of the foam. Via a measurement of the contour of such a light spot, conclusions on the foam density can be drawn. For this, one or several lasers can be integrated into existing filling level measuring means which are coupled to the already existing measuring means.12-02-2010
20100201983METHOD FOR INSPECTING DEFECT OF ARTICLE TO BE INSPECTED - A method of inspecting defects in an inspection target includes (1) a step of supplying a particle-containing gas to one end face of the inspection target under pressure, applying in parallel a first laser beam to the vicinity of the other end face of the inspection target, and photographing such end face from a position vertical to such end face, (2) a step of supplying a particle-containing gas to the one end face of the inspection target under pressure, applying in parallel a second laser beam to the vicinity of the other end face of the inspection target, and photographing such end face from a position vertical to such end face, and (3) a step of specifying defects in the inspection target from photographic results obtained by the steps (1) and (2).08-12-2010
20110001969DYNAMIC LIGHT-SCATTERING MEASURING APPARATUS USING LOW-COHERENCE LIGHT SOURCE AND LIGHT-SCATTERING MEASURING METHOD OF USING THE APPARATUS - There is provided a dynamic light-scattering measuring apparatus including: a Mach-Zehnder interferometer; and a low-coherence light source. Further, there is provided a method for measuring light-scattering intensity of particles in a medium, including the steps of: providing a Mach-Zehnder interferometer; and measuring light-scattering intensity from light emitted from a low-coherence light source, in accordance with a dynamic light-scattering intensity measuring process.01-06-2011
20110299079METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HIGH VOLUME SAMPLE RATE HOLOGRAPHIC PARTICLE MEASUREMENT - Methods and systems for measuring particles within a flow are provided. An aircraft transports a high volume sample rate holographic measurement instrument through a particle-containing volume of interest along a reference axis X (time). As the instrument moves relative to the volume of interest, the holographic measurement instrument transmits a collimated light beam across the volume of interest along an optical axis Z. The light beam interacts with particles contained within the volume of interest, and a high-speed, one-dimensional detector array detects incident light reflecting patterns of light intensity levels that are associated with the interaction between the light beam and the particles. A processor integrates information relating to the detected patterns and a rate of relative movement between the measurement probe and the volume of interest to determine at least a statistically meaningful sampling of time-dependent particle distribution information associated with an entirety of the volume of interest. Using the time-dependent particle distribution information and automatic reconstruction algorithms running on the processor, the processor reconstructs holograms that depict the particles within the volume of interest. These holograms are then used to measure a spatial distribution, size distribution, number density or concentration, and/or shape of the particles within the volume of interest.12-08-2011
20100033720REVERSE PHOTOACOUSTIC STANDOFF SPECTROSCOPY - A system and method are disclosed for generating a reversed photoacoustic spectrum at a greater distance. A source may emit a beam to a target and a detector measures signals generated as a result of the beam being emitted on the target. By emitting a chopped/pulsed light beam to the target, it may be possible to determine the target's optical absorbance by monitoring the intensity of light collected at the detector at different wavelengths. As the wavelength of light is changed, the target may absorb or reject each optical frequency. Rejection may increase the intensity at the sensing element and absorption may decrease the intensity. Accordingly, an identifying spectrum of the target may be made with the intensity variation of the detector as a function of illuminating wavelength.02-11-2010
20110216318PARTICLE NUMBER MEASUREMENT METHOD - There is provided a particle number measurement method capable of accurately measuring the number of particles generated by a specific factor. When the number of particles is measured by irradiating laser beam 09-08-2011
20100118303LIGHT SCATTERING TYPE SMOKE DETECTOR - A light scattering type smoke sensor includes a sensor body, light-emitter for emitting light toward an open smoke-sensing space and outputting a light-received signal according to the amount of scattering light received, and a fire judging unit for judging whether fire occurs or not on the basis of the amount of received light determined on the basis of the outputted light-received signal.05-13-2010
20100118302METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FOREIGN MATERIALS AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A foreign material detecting method for detecting a foreign material attached to a substrate surface includes a spraying step of spraying an organic solvent or an oil-phase material containing a halogen element to the substrate surface, a condensing step of emphasizing the foreign material by condensing the sprayed organic solvent or oil-phase material around the foreign material attached to the substrate surface by controlling a temperature of the substrate surface, and a surface inspecting step of detecting the foreign material emphasized by the condensation of the organic solvent or the oil-phase material by a surface inspecting device.05-13-2010
20080304062System and process for sorting biological particles - A system which irradiates light onto a liquid flow containing a biological particle, detects the light therefrom to collect biological information thereon, and sorts the biological particle based upon the biological information, comprises an optical detector for detecting the light from the biological particle; an imaging device for imaging the flow and a droplet split off the flow; means for calculating, based upon the image taken by the imaging device, a distance from a detection point where the optical detector detects the light from the biological particle to a lower end position of the flow, and an interval between adjacent droplets split off the flow, thereby calculating a time that the particle moves from the detection point to the lower end position, based upon the distance and the interval; and means for providing the flow with electrons of a predetermined polarity depending upon the feature of the biological particle, when the calculated time passes after the optical detector detects the light from the biological particle. Thus, the structure of the system for sorting the biological particles can be simplified and the sorting accuracy can be improved.12-11-2008
20090015831METHODS FOR PROVIDING EXTENDED DYNAMIC RANGE IN ANALYTE ASSAYS - Methods for enhancing the dynamic range for specific detection of one or more analytes in assays using scattered-light detectable particle labels. The methods involve utilizing variations in detection technique and/or signal processing to extend the dynamic range to either or both of lower and higher concentrations.01-15-2009
20100020321OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE - An optical measuring device is provided. The optical measuring device irradiates a sample flowing in a channel with light, and detecting light emitted from the sample, wherein the light is applied while scanned at least from one side wall to another side wall of the channel in a direction of width of the channel, and scattered light at a preset threshold value or higher is detected as scattered light from edge parts in the direction of width of the channel.01-28-2010
20090109436METHOD FOR MEASURING MICRO-PARTICLE - A method for measuring a micro-particle caused to flow through a flow channel, includes the steps of: measuring a property of a material to be measured as a micro-particle in a predetermined position of a flow channel for measurement, and measuring properties of one or more reference materials in a predetermined position of a flow channel for reference while the material to be measured is caused to flow through the flow channel for measurement, and the one or more reference materials are caused to flow through the flow channel for reference; and processing a result of the measurement of the material to be measured in accordance with a result of the measurements of the one or more reference materials.04-30-2009
20130215424METHOD OF CHARACTERIZING INTERACTIONS AND SCREENING FOR EFFECTORS - This invention enables high throughput detection of small molecule effectors of particle association, as well as quantification of association constants, stoichiometry, and conformation. Given a set of particle solutions having different concentrations, dynamic light scattering measurements are used to determine the average hydrodynamic radius, as a function of concentration. The series of average hydrodynamic radii as a function of concentration are fitted with stoichiometric association models containing the parameters of molar mass, modeled concentrations, and modeled hydrodynamic radii of the associated complexes. In addition to the average hydrodynamic radii value analysis, the experimental data may be fit/analyzed in alternate ways. This method may be applied to a single species that is self-associating or to multiple species that are hetero-associating. This method may also be used to characterize and quantify the association between a modulator and the associating species.08-22-2013
20100315637Method and apparatus for measuring the scattered light signals from a liquid sample - A sample cell for making light scattering measurements, incorporating an exterior surface acting as both a lateral and vertical lens, is described. This unique structure permits greatly improved measurement of the light scattered by molecules and particles suspended in a fluid contained therein or flowing therethrough while illuminated by a fine light beam incident thereon. The resultant lensed structure of the cell, when integrated into a scattered light photometer and combined with suitable apertures before each scattered light collecting detector, reduces significantly stray light from entering each such detector.12-16-2010
20110242534APPARATUS FOR DETECTING PARTICLE - An apparatus for detecting a particle is disclosed. The apparatus for detecting a particle in a fluid in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can include a first light source, which emits a first beam having a wavelength of a particular band toward the fluid, a second light source, which emits a second beam having a wavelength of a band that is different from that of the first beam, a first dichroic mirror, which is placed between the fluid and the first light source and allows the first beam to permeate and reflect the second beam toward the fluid, and a detecting unit, which detects a dispersed beam of the first beam and the second beam in the fluid. An embodiment of the invention can improve the reliability of detection by detecting a particle using a beam that has an optimal permeability according to the type of solution.10-06-2011
20110134426APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR ACOUSTIC FLOW CYTOMETRY. - A flow cytometer includes a capillary having a sample channel; at least one vibration producing transducer coupled to the capillary, the at least one vibration producing transducer being configured to produce an acoustic signal inducing acoustic radiation pressure within the sample channel to acoustically concentrate particles flowing within a fluid sample stream in the sample channel; and an interrogation source having a violet laser and a blue laser, the violet and blue lasers being configured to interact with at least some of the acoustically concentrated particles to produce an output signal.06-09-2011
20110026024METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING METAL IONS, PROBE USED FOR THE SAME AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is an innovative method for detecting metal ions based on selective plasmonic resonance energy transfer between metal-ligand complexes and a single nanoplasmonic particle as a probe. The selective plasmonic resonance energy transfer occurs if a resonance frequency matching condition between the single nanoplasmonic particle and the metal-ligand complexes is satisfied.02-03-2011
20100265503OPTICAL DEVICE AND MULTIPLE BEAM SCANNER - There is provided an optical device including: a passive core layer in which is formed an optical circuit having a refractive index n10-21-2010
20100067005Robust Determination of the Anisotropic Polarizability of Nanoparticles Using Coherent Confocal Microscopy - A coherent confocal microscope for fully characterizing the elastic scattering properties of a nanoparticle as a function of wavelength. Using a high numerical aperture lens, two-dimensional scanning and a simple vector beam shaper, the rank-2 polarizability tensor is estimated from a single confocal image. A computationally efficient data processing method is described and numerical simulations show that this algorithm is robust to noise and uncertainty in the focal plane position. The measurement of the polarizability removes the need for a priori assumptions regarding the nanoparticle shape.03-18-2010
20100315638PARTICULATE DETECTION AND CALIBRATION OF SENSORS - According to example configurations herein, a fluid sample flow including particulate matter passes through a conduit. One or more optical sensors monitor optical energy scattering off of the particulate matter in the fluid sample flow as it passes through the conduit. A magnitude of the optical energy sensed by the one or more optical sensors varies depending on particulate matter present in the fluid sample flow. An analyzer monitors the magnitude of the optical energy sensed by the one or more optical sensors and detects changes in the optical energy. A change in the optical energy can indicate a change in the particulate matter present in the fluid sample flow. In response to detecting the change in the optical energy, the analyzer initiates one or more functions such as recalibration, purging, execution of diagnostics, etc.12-16-2010
20100214564APPARATUS FOR DETECTING PARTICLES ON A GLASS SURFACE AND A METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to an apparatus for detecting particles on a glass surface and a method thereof, and more specifically, to an apparatus for detecting particles on a glass surface and a method thereof for exactly inspecting particles which may be created on a glass surface where micro circuits are deposited. The apparatus for detecting the particles on the glass surface in accordance with the present invention comprises laser beam irradiators for detecting particles on a glass substrate on upper and lower sides of the glass substrate at certain intervals, respectively, and wherein the irradiators are configured so that beams emitted from the laser beam irradiators can be irradiated in a direction vertical to a transferring direction of the glass substrate, thereby exactly detecting particles detached to the glass surface without exception.08-26-2010
20100182601OFFSET ILLUMINATION APERTURE FOR OPTICAL NAVIGATION INPUT DEVICE - An optical navigation input device with an offset imaging aperture. The optical navigation input device includes a light source, an illumination aperture structure, and an image sensor. The light source directs a light beam toward a substantially specular illumination surface. Scattered light reflects off of a surface reflection feature along a scattered light path which is offset from a specular reflection path. The illumination aperture structure at least partially defines an illumination aperture interposed between the light source and the illumination surface. The illumination aperture produces a diffraction pattern that includes a diffraction discontinuity which is substantially free from diffracted light within a sector area outside of the light beam. The image sensor is disposed within the scattered light path at a location corresponding to the diffraction discontinuity. The image sensor receives the scattered light from the surface reflection feature and generates a navigation image of the surface reflection feature.07-22-2010
20110304850PARTICLE CONCENTRATION MEASURING DEVICE - A particle concentration measuring device includes: a measurement region formation part which has a wall (12-15-2011
20120044494METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE AMOUNT OF ENTITIES DEPOSITED ON MICROPARTICLES IN SUSPENSION IN A SOLUTION, ASSOCIATED DEVICE AND USE OF SAID DEVICE - The invention relates to a method for estimating the amount of entities deposited on microparticles in suspension in a solution, and also to an associated device. The method comprises the following steps: 02-23-2012
20100097605FILTRATE MONITORING DEVICE, AND FILTRATE MONITORING SYSTEM - A filtrate monitoring device and a filtrate monitoring system, which can monitor a membrane-type water filtrating/purifying system at all times and which can flexibly adjust themselves to the contents and sizes of impurities, are provided. The filtrate monitoring device monitors the filtrate having passed through the membrane-type water filtrating/purifying device. The filtrate monitoring device comprises: imaging/detecting means for shooting images in the filtrate having passed through the filtrating/purifying device, on the filtrate flowing in an observation bath of a filtrate observing cell disposed midway of the branched filtrate pipeline, thereby to specify the particles contained in the filtrate, and/or optical detecting means disposed midway of the filtrate pipeline before or after branching.04-22-2010
20100328662METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RAPIDLY COUNTING AND IDENTIFYING BIOLOGICAL PARTICLES IN A FLOW STREAM - A method for increasing the throughput, or the precision, or both the precision and the throughput, of a flow cytometer, or of a hematology analyzer employing a flow cytometer, by utilizing the technique of laser rastering. Laser rastering involves sweeping a laser beam across a flowing sample stream in a hematology analyzer. An apparatus suitable for carrying out the method of this invention comprises an optical module comprising a source of light, a scanning device, a lens or system of lenses, a flow cell, detectors, and filters; and an electronic module comprising preamplifiers, analog signal conditioning elements, analog-to-digital converters, field-programmable gate arrays, digital signal processing elements, and data storage elements.12-30-2010
20120154804OPTICAL INFORMATION ANALYZER AND OPTICAL INFORMATION ANALYSIS METHOD - An optical information analyzer (06-21-2012
20110090500FLOW CYTOMETER APPARATUS FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL DIFRACTION IMAGING AND RELATED METHODS - A flow cytometer assembly includes a fluid controller configured to form a hydrodynamically focused flow stream including an outer sheath fluid and an inner core fluid. A coherent light source is configured to illuminate a particle in the inner core fluid. A detector is configured to detect a spatially coherent distribution of elastically scattered light from the particle excited by the coherent light source. An analyzing module configured to extract a three-dimensional morphology parameter of the particle from a spatially coherent distribution of the elastically scattered light.04-21-2011
20110102792ANALYZER AND PARTICLE IMAGING METHOD - An analyzer comprises: a sample stream forming section for forming a sample stream including particles; a light source; an optical fiber bundle formed by a plurality of optical fibers, into which light from the light source enters, and which emits light onto the sample stream; and an imaging device for imaging a particle in the irradiated sample stream.05-05-2011
20090323062Sample analyzer, particle distribution diagram displaying method and computer program product - The present invention is to present a sample analyzer, comprising: a measuring section for obtaining characteristic parameter information regarding particles in a sample by measuring the sample; a particle distribution diagram generator for generating a particle distribution diagram representing distribution state of the particles in the sample regarding the characteristic parameter information, based on the characteristic parameter information obtained by the measuring section; a display; and a display controller for controlling the display so as to display explanation information explaining the distribution state in the particle distribution diagram and the particle distribution diagram.12-31-2009
20120229806METHOD FOR ESTIMATING LIGHT SCATTERING - The invention relates to a method for estimating the quantity of light scattered by a heterogeneous participating media. In order to optimise the display while minimising the required calculation time, the method comprises steps for selecting at least one level of spatial subdivision of said media from among a plurality of hierarchic levels of spatial subdivision according to at least one item of error information representative of an attenuation difference in said media according to at least one direction between two consecutive hierarchic levels, and estimating the quantity of light scattered by sampling of said media along at least one scattering direction, the sampling being a function of at least one selected spatial subdivision level.09-13-2012
20080297797CHAMBER PARTICLE DETECTION SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention provide an apparatus and a method for chamber particle source identification. The chamber particle source identification method and apparatus can greatly shorten the time it takes to identify chamber particle source(s). In one embodiment, a chamber particle monitor assembly for a processing chamber is provided. The chamber particle monitor assembly includes at least one laser light source, which can scan laser light in a chamber process volume within the processing chamber. The chamber particle monitor assembly also includes a plurality of laser light collectors, which can collect laser light emitted from the at least one laser light source continuously to monitor particle performance within the processing chamber. The plurality of laser light collectors are placed in the processing chamber such that none of the plurality of laser light collectors share a common axis. The chamber particle monitor assembly further includes an analyzer that analyzes signals representing the laser light collected by the plurality of laser light collectors to provide chamber particle information. The plurality of laser light collectors enables construction of three-dimensional (3-D) images of particle distribution within the processing volume.12-04-2008
20110235037SENSOR DEVICE FOR DETECTING TARGET PARTICLES BY FRUSTRATED TOTAL INTERNAL REFLECTION - The invention relates to an optical sensor device (09-29-2011
20120140221High Numerical Aperture Light Scattering Instrument For Detecting Particles In Fluid06-07-2012
20110157586MULTI-SAMPLE SCATTERING MEASUREMENTS - In one general aspect, a multi-sample liquid scattering measurement apparatus is disclosed. It includes a coherent light source having an optical output axis, with sample cells that each include a volume that intersects with the optical output axis. Detectors are each positioned to detect scattered light resulting from an interaction between light from the coherent light source and one of the cells. Light scattering analysis logic is responsive to the detectors and operative to determine a property of a liquid sample in each of the sample cells based on the detected scattered light.06-30-2011
20130021607Method for Predicting Haze in Lubricant Base Stocks - The invention is a technique for predicting future haze formation in dewaxed, petroleum-derived, lubricant base stocks and, by extension, products made from such base stocks. In general, the technique measures the changes in light scattering caused by the formation and disappearance of wax crystals in a dilute test sample of neat base stock, over the course of a temperature profile. The data obtained is then compared to a previously formulated historical correlation of measurements taken using light scattering data to haze potential. The technique focuses on haze disappearance temperature as a reference point, as opposed to total wax formation. The technique also uses a solvent to accelerate the formation of wax crystals in the test sample. The technique provides a robust early warning system that allows refineries to rapidly and accurately determine the long term haze potential of a base stock production prior to release. The technique can be performed in real time, typically in less than an hour.01-24-2013
20080252886System and Method for Solubility Curve and Metastable Zone Determination - A system for determining a solubility of a substance comprises a holder to hold a sample comprising an amount of the substance and an amount of the solvent system. The system further comprises a temperature conditioner to alter a temperature of the sample, an optical measurement device to measure an optical parameter of the sample and a control device to control at least the temperature conditioner and the optical measurement device. The control device may be programmed to alter the temperature of the sample by the temperature conditioner, measure the optical parameter of the sample by the optical measurement device, and determine the solubility of the substance from a change of the optical parameter of the sample as a function of the temperature.10-16-2008
20080246965Optical Particle Sensor with Exhaust-Cooled Optical Source - The invention relates to particle sensors that are capable of passively cooling high-powered optical sources within the sensor, thereby extending the optical source lifetime without requiring additional power. The sensor detects particles within a sample fluid by optical interaction of the optical source with flowing sample fluid in the sample chamber. Sample fluid that exits the sample chamber is directed into thermal contact with the optical source, thereby cooling the optical source. Sample fluid that has come into thermal contact with the optical source is continuously removed from the sensor to ensure the optical source is adequately cooled. A variety of elements are used to facilitate thermal contact between the optical source and sample fluid including plenums, heat sinks, and airflow cavities. Provided are related methods for cooling a one or more heat-producing device within a particle sensor.10-09-2008
20080225292TARGET SUBSTANCE DETECTING ELEMENT, TARGET SUBSTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS AND TARGET SUBSTANCE DETECTION METHOD - Magnetic particles with a metal coat holding target substance captors are made to react with a target substance contained in a specimen in a solution where the magnetic particles are dispersed in a liquid medium. Subsequently, the dispersion of the magnetic particles is applied to a surface having a periodic structure that is adapted to generate plasmon resonance and a change in the plasmon resonance attributable to the concentration of the target substance held on the magnetic particles fixed magnetically to the surface is optically detected to determine the concentration of the target substance in the specimen.09-18-2008
20080218753Microchip with Expansion Channel and Flowcytometer Using this Microchip - Disclosed is a microchip for a flowcytometer. A channel is expanded around a point, on which laser beams emitted from an optical unit are focused, so that focused sample particles slow down when they pass the expanded portion. This improves the detection intensity of sample particles.09-11-2008
20130169962SYSTEMS FOR MEASURING PROPERTIES OF A PHYSIOLOGICAL FLUID SUSPENSION - A method of evaluating a property of a physiological fluid suspension comprises measuring a value of the property of a liquid portion of the physiological fluid suspension via light scattering, and comparing the measured value with a reference value to evaluate the property of the liquid portion of the physiological fluid suspension.07-04-2013
20120274937LIGHT PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A portion of a first portion of light (11-01-2012
20120019824FINE PARTICLE DETECTOR AND LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS - A fine particle detector includes a light emitting system letting light from a light source pass through a phase difference element and focusing the light on a sample flow through which fine particles flow. When the direction of the sample flow is an X-axis direction, the light is emitted to the sample flow in a Z-direction, and a ZX-plane is orthogonal to a Y-direction, then the phase difference element has a plurality of regions divided in the Y-axis direction and causes a phase difference between wavefronts of the light passing through the plurality of regions.01-26-2012
20120293799Method and Device for the Characterization of Multiple Samples of One or Various Dispersions - A method and a device for the automatic determination of selected physical and colloidal chemistry parameters by determining the attenuation of radiated waves through monodisperse or polydisperse dispersion samples subjected to gravitation or centrifugation, wherein during the segregation by means of centrifugation or gravitation, the instantaneous transmission I11-22-2012

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