1. Articles in category: Other Non-Medical

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    1. Gravity-Driven Flows in Two-Fluid Drops

      Gravity-Driven Flows in Two-Fluid Drops

      The direction in which fluid circulates in binary drops doesn't change when the drops are tilted, implicating gravity—not surface tension—as the driver of flow in these systems. rops of spilled coffee dry and leave behind ring-shaped patterns. The shape and uniformity of these patterns are determined by fluid flows that drive particle deposition within the drops. Now, Fouzia Ouali of Nottingham Trent University in the UK and colleagues have shown that in the case of drops composed of two fluids, gravity, not surface tension, as researchers previously thought, dominates convective flows. The team says that this result ...

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    2. Density-Driven Flows in Evaporating Binary Liquid Droplets

      Density-Driven Flows in Evaporating Binary Liquid Droplets

      In the evaporation of microlitre liquid droplets, the accepted view is that surface tension dominates and the effect of gravity is negligible. We report, through the first use of rotating optical coherence tomography, that a change in the flow pattern and speed occurs when evaporating binary liquid droplets are tilted, conclusively showing that gravitational effects dominate the flow. We use gas chromatography to show that these flows are solutal in nature, and we establish a flow phase diagram demonstrating the conditions under which different flow mechanisms occur.

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    3. Biophotonic approach for the characterization of initial bitter-rot progression on apple specimens using optical coherence tomography assessments

      Biophotonic approach for the characterization of initial bitter-rot progression on apple specimens using optical coherence tomography assessments

      The tremendous advances achieved in the biophotonics technologies have intensified the necessity for non-invasive modalities that can characterize diverse biological materials with increased sensitivity and resolution. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is one of the techniques that has been applied for biological applications in medicine and agriculture to identify structural properties. Herein, we report the successful incorporation of OCT for the identification of morphological changes that occur as a result of the bitter rot disease, through continuous detection of structural changes. Detailed inner morphological structural changes occurring in fruit specimens were precisely analyzed as a function of the disease incubation period ...

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    4. Investigation of Puccinia triticina contagion on wheat leaves using swept source optical coherence tomography

      Investigation of Puccinia triticina contagion on wheat leaves using swept source optical coherence tomography

      We present an investigation on applicability of swept-source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) to examine the internal structures of plant leaves. This study helps to identify the growth and spread of the leaf rust disease in leaves of wheat plants, caused by Puccinia triticina . The epidermal cell layer and parenchyma cell layer of the acquired OCT images are correlated with the histological images to show distinctive leaf morphological boundaries. In the OCT images, the thickness of the parenchyma cell layer in healthy and infected samples are compared and analyzed. Accurate morphological and quantitative information are obtained with our developed system for ...

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      Mentions: Raju Poddar
    5. Spectroscopic characterization of Si/Mo thin-film stack at extreme ultraviolet range

      Spectroscopic characterization of Si/Mo thin-film stack at extreme ultraviolet range

      A noninvasive method for characterizing Si/Mo thin-film stack thickness and its complex transfer function using common-path optical coherence tomography is proposed, analyzed, and experimentally demonstrated. A laser-produced plasma (LPP)-based extreme ultraviolet (EUV) source was excited by a four-stage nanosecond Yb:fiber laser amplifier with a pulse energy of 1.01 mJ. The tabletop LPP EUV source was compact and stable for generating the EUV interference fringes. The measured complex transfer function of the Si/Mo stack was verified near the pristine 13.5-nm wavelength range.

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    6. Evaluation of fouling in nanofiltration for desalination using a resistance-in-series model and optical coherence tomography

      Evaluation of fouling in nanofiltration for desalination using a resistance-in-series model and optical coherence tomography

      Resistance-in-series models have been applied to investigate fouling behavior. However, it is difficult to model the influence of morphology on fouling behavior because resistance is indirectly calculated from the water flux and transmembrane pressure. In this study, optical coherence tomography (OCT) was applied to evaluate the resistance of the fouling layer based on fouling morphology. Sodium alginate, humic acid, and bovine serum albumin (BSA) with high salts concentrations (conductivity: 23 mS/cm) were used as model foulants. At the same total fouling resistance, BSA showed the highest cake layer thickness (BSA (114.5 μm) > humic acid (53.5 μm) > sodium ...

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    7. In vivo automated quantification of quality of apples during storage using optical coherence tomography images

      In vivo automated quantification of quality of apples during storage using optical coherence tomography images

      Moisture content is an important feature of fruits and vegetables. As 80% of apple content is water, so decreasing the moisture content will degrade the quality of apples (Golden Delicious). The computational and texture features of the apples were extracted from optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. A support vector machine with a Gaussian kernel model was used to perform automated classification. To evaluate the quality of wax coated apples during storage in vivo , our proposed method opens up the possibility of fully automated quantitative analysis based on the morphological features of apples. Our results demonstrate that the analysis of the ...

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    8. In situ biofilm quantification in Bioelectrochemical Systems using Optical Coherence Tomography

      In situ biofilm quantification in Bioelectrochemical Systems using Optical Coherence Tomography

      Detailed studying of microbial growth in bioelectrochemical systems is required for their proper design and operation. Here we report on the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as a tool for in situ and non‐invasive quantification of biofilm growth on electrodes (bioanodes). An experimental platform is designed and described in which transparent electrodes are used to allow for real‐time, three‐dimensional biofilm imaging. The accuracy and precision of the developed method is assessed by relating OCT results to well‐established standards for biofilm quantification (COD and Total N) and show high correspondence to these standards. Biofilm thickness as ...

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    9. Loquat Bruise Detection Using Optical Coherence Tomography Based on Microstructural Parameters

      Loquat Bruise Detection Using Optical Coherence Tomography Based on Microstructural Parameters

      Slight postharvest bruises of loquats remarkably affect the quality and shelf life of the fruits, but they are difficult to identify using visual inspection. Sub-surface structural changes in cells caused by mechanical injury or impact can be detected using spectroscopy-based methods from different angles. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-destructive technology, can acquire cross-sectional images to analyze sub-surface structures of loquats, thus offering the potential to identify fruit bruises. This study proposes an automated OCT image processing method for extracting large cells from loquat images, which involves a series of steps including image denoising, boundary detection, filtering, binarization, segmentation, and ...

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    10. Detection of Latent Fingerprint Hidden Beneath Adhesive Tape by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Detection of Latent Fingerprint Hidden Beneath Adhesive Tape by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Adhesive tape is one type of common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case that a suspect deposits latent fingerprints on the sticky side of adhesive tape material when tying up victims, manufacturing improvised explosive devices or packaging illegal goods. However, the adhesive tapes found at crime scenes are usually stuck together or attached to a certain substrate, and thus the latent fingerprints may be hidden beneath the tapes. Current methods to detect latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape need to peel it off first and then apply ...

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    11. EXALOS Achieves a New Milestone for Next Generation Display Technologies with its First Cyan-Green Superluminescent Light Emitting Diode (SLED)

      EXALOS Achieves a New Milestone for Next Generation Display Technologies with its First Cyan-Green Superluminescent Light Emitting Diode (SLED)

      EXALOS, the world’s leading developer of visible Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes (SLEDs), has successfully produced its first cyan-green SLED. With an output wavelength of 495 nm in between the company’s existing red (640 nm, GaAs) and blue (450 nm, GaN) devices, this SLED represents a major step toward a complete red-green-blue (RGB) SLED illumination source for micro-displays in augmented reality applications, head-up display architectures, etc. SLEDs are broadband semiconductor devices that are closely related to their more commonly known relatives, laser diodes (LDs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Following the successful demonstration of blue SLEDs, Exalos embarked upon a ...

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    12. Fouling development in direct contact membrane distillation: Non-invasive monitoring and destructive analysis

      Fouling development in direct contact membrane distillation: Non-invasive monitoring and destructive analysis

      Fouling development in direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) for seawater desalination was evaluated combining in-situ monitoring performed using optical coherence tomography (OCT) together with destructive techniques. The non-invasive monitoring with OCT provided a better understanding of the fouling mechanism by giving an appropriate sampling timing for the membrane autopsy. The on-line monitoring system allowed linking the flux trend with the structure of fouling deposited on the membrane surface. The water vapor flux trend was divided in three phases based on the deposition and formation of different foulants over time. The initial flux decline was due to the deposition of a ...

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    13. Quantification of particulate matter attached to the bulk-biofilm interface and its influence on local mass transfer

      Quantification of particulate matter attached to the bulk-biofilm interface and its influence on local mass transfer

      A large fraction of the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in municipal wastewater is associated with the particulate matter. The presence of these particles might impose a negative impact on the mass transfer in biofilm systems when they attach to the bulk-biofilm interface. We thus investigated the impact of real wastewater particles by combining optical coherence tomography (OCT) and oxygen microsensor measurements. The deposition of wastewater particles of different size classes onto the biofilm surface was captured in 3D by means of OCT in a lab-scale flume. The thickness of the particle layer was calculated from OCT images. The influence of ...

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    14. Defect inspection of actuator lenses using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Defect inspection of actuator lenses using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Actuator lens industries have gained an enormous interest with the enhancement of various latest communication devices, such as mobile phone and notebooks. The quality of the aforementioned devices can be degraded due to the internal defects of actuator lenses. Therefore, in this study, we implemented swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) system to inspect defects of actuator lenses. Owing to the high-resolution of the SS-OCT system, defected foreign substances between the actuator lenses, defective regions of lenses and surface stains were more clearly distinguished through three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) cross-sectional OCT images. Therefore, the implemented SS-OCT system can be considered ...

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    15. Avinger Receives CE Marking Approval for Next Generation Pantheris Image-Guided Atherectomy Device

      Avinger Receives CE Marking Approval for Next Generation Pantheris Image-Guided Atherectomy Device

      Avinger, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVGR), a leading developer of innovative treatments for peripheral artery disease (PAD), today announced Conformité Européenne (CE) Marking approval for its next generation Pantheris Lumivascular atherectomy system, the first-ever image-guided atherectomy device for the treatment of PAD. The novel design features of the next generation of Pantheris include a simplified single balloon system for both apposition of the device and occlusion of blood flow, a stiffer shaft for increased pushability, a more robust nose cone with the option for more tissue storage capacity, and an enhanced cutter design. “CE Marking approval to market and sell our ...

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      Mentions: Avinger
    16. BMW tests optical coherence tomography for better welding

      BMW tests optical coherence tomography for better welding

      Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has backed a project to explore the potential of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to improve remote laser welding in car production. Funded under the country’s “Photonics Research Germany” program, the effort includes representatives from auto giant BMW, who will work alongside laser welding and OCT experts at Precitec, Blackbird Robotersysteme, Emil Bucher, and the Technical University of Munich. The project utilizes a Blackbird scanner comprising an “intelliWELD” PR scan head provided by Scanlab , a control unit, and an integrated OCT scanner. The team adds that imaging relies on ultra-fast workpiece ...

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    17. Characterization of the Coating and Tablet Core Roughness by Means of 3D Optical Coherence Tomography

      Characterization of the Coating and Tablet Core Roughness by Means of 3D Optical Coherence Tomography

      This study demonstrates the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to simultaneously characterize the roughness of the tablet core and coating of pharmaceutical tablets. OCT is a high resolution non-destructive and contactless imaging methodology to characterize structural properties of solid dosage forms. Besides measuring the coating thickness, it also facilitates the analysis of the tablet core and coating roughness. An automated data evaluation algorithm extracts information about coating thickness, as well as tablet core and coating roughness. Samples removed periodically from a pan coating process were investigated, on the basis of thickness and profile maps of the tablet core and ...

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      Mentions: Daniel Markl
    18. In Vivo Non-Destructive Monitoring of Capsicum Annuum Seed Growth with Diverse NaCl Concentrations Using Optical Detection Technique

      In Vivo Non-Destructive Monitoring of Capsicum Annuum Seed Growth with Diverse NaCl Concentrations Using Optical Detection Technique

      We demonstrate that optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a plausible optical tool for in vivo detection of plant seeds and its morphological changes during growth. To investigate the direct impact of salt stress on seed germination, the experiment was conducted using Capsicum annuum seeds that were treated with different molar concentrations of NaCl. To determine the optimal concentration for the seed growth, the seeds were monitored for nine consecutive days. In vivo two-dimensional OCT images of the treated seeds were obtained and compared with the images of seeds that were grown using sterile distilled water. The obtained results confirm the ...

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    19. The Validity of the Diagnosis of Plant Leaf Infections Using Non-Destructive Optical Inspection Technique and Depth-Scan Signal Analysis

      The Validity of the Diagnosis of Plant Leaf Infections Using Non-Destructive Optical Inspection Technique and Depth-Scan Signal Analysis

      The applicability of non-destructive optical imaging technique for the diagnosis of infected leaf materials was investigated along with a depth-scan (amplitude depth profile) signal analysis. The experimented plant leaf specimens were collected from persimmon plantations and the specimens were categorized into three groups: healthy leaf specimens, infected leaf specimens, and apparently healthy leaf specimens collected from infected trees. The non-destructive diagnosis was performed using 840 nm spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system. The obtained OCT results confirmed that the proposed method is capable of identifying morphological differences between healthy specimens from infected specimens and partially infected specimens. Therefore, this ...

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    20. Feature Of The Week 09/17/2017: Non-Destructive Analysis of the Internal Anatomical Structures of Mosquito Specimens Using Optical Coherence Tomography

      Feature Of The Week 09/17/2017: Non-Destructive Analysis of the Internal Anatomical Structures of Mosquito Specimens Using Optical Coherence Tomography

      The study of mosquitoes and analysis of their behavior are of crucial importance in the on-going efforts to control the alarming increase in mosquito-borne diseases. Furthermore, a non-destructive and real-time imaging technique to study the anatomical features of mosquito specimens can greatly aid the study of mosquitoes. In this study, we demonstrate the three-dimensional imaging capabilities of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for structural analysis of Anopheles sinensis mosquitoes. The anatomical features of An. sinensis head, thorax, and abdominal regions, along with the morphology of internal structures, such as foregut, midgut, and hindgut, were studied using OCT imaging. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional ...

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    21. High Resolution Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry for Analyzing Intra-Chip Reflections

      High Resolution Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry for Analyzing Intra-Chip Reflections

      We present a method for high-resolution optical frequency domain reflectometry by de-embedding group-velocity dispersion in the device under test. The method is shown to provide an accurate estimation of the wavelength-dependent group refractive index, and provides a spatial resolution of 5.3 ± 1.7µm for intra-chip reflections. We applied this method to characterize localized reflections from a number of waveguide crossings. The minimum distance of 30µm between two crossings could easily be resolved. The reflection of waveguide crossings was analyzed to be (2.5 ± 1.2) · 10−6.

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    22. System and method for fingerprint validation

      System and method for fingerprint validation

      The invention provides a system and method for rapid validation of identity from tissue using registered two dimensional and optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan images. The preferred embodiment provides, for a human fingerprint, validation that the surface fingerprint matches the primary fingerprint. An alternate embodiment provides validation of "aliveness" by ascertaining blood flow. Various embodiments are taught.

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    23. New Non-invasive Techniques to Quantify Skin Surface Strain and Sub-surface Layer Deformation of Finger-pad during Sliding

      New Non-invasive Techniques to Quantify Skin Surface Strain and Sub-surface Layer Deformation of Finger-pad during Sliding

      tudies on the variation of skin properties with gender, age and anatomical region, with regards to interaction with different materials have resulted in significant research output. Investigations on skin surface strain and sub-surface layer deformation during sliding, however, have not received as much attention. This novel study uses two non-invasive techniques, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and digital image correlation (DIC), to measure properties of the index finger of a 25 year old female when under normal and shear loading. Measurements were taken during static, and for the first time, dynamic phases. It was observed that the number of ridges in ...

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    24. Downhole sensing via swept source lasers

      Downhole sensing via swept source lasers

      Systems and methods for performing downhole analysis within a well bore employ a swept source laser that can be sent downhole to generate high resolution images of the well bore. Various embodiments can also determine other physical properties of a below ground structure. The swept source lasers can create images using low-coherence interferometry or optical coherence tomography. Systems and methods may also be used to determine fluid flow rates towards the sensor at discrete points, such as individual perforations, by measuring the Doppler effect on the light back-scattered from the fluid. Fluid flow information could also be extracted by measuring ...

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