Evaluation of spherical particle sizes with an asymmetric illumination microscope Article

cited authors

  • Ramella-Roman, JC; Bargo, PR; Prahl, SA; Jacques, SL


  • A polarized microscope system is used to perform goniometric measurements of light scattered by small particles. The light incident angle on a sample of monodispersed latex microspheres is increased sequentially and a microscope objective lens collects scattered light from the samples. Light is only collected at angles greater than the objective lens numerical aperture (NA) so that only light scattered by the spheres is collected. The experimental results were modeled with a Mie theory-based algorithm. Experiments conducted with microspheres of diameter 1.03, 2.03, and 6.4 μm show that, by decreasing the objective lens NA from NA = 0.55 to NA = 0.0548, a more distinguishable scattering pattern is detectable. From these highly shaped curves, we found that the size of a sphere of nominal diameter 2.03 μm was 2.11 ±0.06 μm and a 6.4 μm sphere was 6.34 ±0.07 μm.

publication date

  • March 1, 2003

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 301

end page

  • 306


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