Micro-molecular tagging velocimetry of internal gaseous flow

Hiroki Yamaguchi*, Kohei Hayashida, Yukihiro Ishiguro, Kensuke Takamori, Yu Matsuda, Tomohide Niimi

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Dual-laser micro-molecular tagging velocimetry (μMTV) for internal gaseous flows on the microscale has been successfully demonstrated. MTV is a non-intrusive optical technique suitable for gaseous flow measurement by using molecules as tracers. In our dual-laser μMTV technique, seeded NO2 molecules in a flow were tagged by photodissociation, producing NO molecules that can be distinguished from surrounding molecules. The tagged NO molecules were traced and visualized by laser-induced fluorescence. However, the fluorescence was in the deep ultraviolet region, and a reflective objective with a finite conjugate optical system was employed for imaging on the microscale. The seeded and tagged molecules of NO2 and NO are stable in the gas phase at around room temperature and atmospheric pressure. Thus, this technique is free from condensation at the walls and is feasible for measurements of internal gaseous flow on the microscale. To demonstrate the validity of our dual-laser μMTV technique, the cross-sectional flow velocity profile in a rectangular microchannel and flow velocities in a micronozzle were measured and compared with numerical results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number32
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalMicrofluidics and Nanofluidics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Flow velocimetry
  • Laser-induced fluorescence
  • Microgaseous flow
  • Molecular tagging velocimetry
  • Photodissociation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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