Modelling for the robust design of layered resonators for ultrasonic particle manipulation

Hill, Martyn, Townsend, Rosemary J. and Harris, Nicholas R. (2008) Modelling for the robust design of layered resonators for ultrasonic particle manipulation Ultrasonics, 48, (6-7), pp. 521-528. (doi:10.1016/j.ultras.2008.06.007).


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Several approaches have been described for the manipulation of particles within an ultrasonic field. Of those based on standing waves, devices in which the critical dimension of the resonant chamber is less than a wavelength are particularly well suited to microfluidic, or “lab on a chip” applications. These might include pre-processing or fractionation of samples prior to analysis, formation of monolayers for cell interaction studies, or the enhancement of biosensor detection capability. The small size of microfluidic resonators typically places tight tolerances on the positioning of the acoustic node, and such systems are required to have high transduction efficiencies, for reasons of power availability and temperature stability. Further, the expense of many microfabrication methods precludes an iterative experimental approach to their development. Hence, the ability to design sub-wavelength resonators that are efficient, robust and have the appropriate acoustic energy distribution is extremely important. This paper discusses one-dimensional modelling used in the design of ultrasonic resonators for particle manipulation and gives example of their uses to predict and explain resonator behaviour. Particular difficulties in designing quarter wave systems are highlighted, and modelling is used to explain observed trends and predict performance of such resonators, including their performance with different coupling layer materials.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.ultras.2008.06.007
ISSNs: 0041-624X (print)
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Keywords: acoustic radiation force, layered resonators, robust design, particle manipulation
ePrint ID: 52030
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11 June 2007Submitted
November 2008Published
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:04
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