Abstract

A novel approach to measuring the size distribution of particles in the range of a few nanometers to a few micrometers is described. The method is based on processing multiple images of a sample of particles suspended in a liquid and undergoing Brownian motion. From each image, the centers of the particle positions are measured, then a histogram of the vectors connecting the centers in each image with all the centers in the next image is formed. This vector histogram contains information about the particle size distribution. A maximum-likelihood data inversion procedure to invert the data to yield a particle size distribution is described. Both computer simulation and experimental results are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.

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