Kirk H Michaelian

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Photoacoustic (PA) spectra of four types of polymer resin beads, ranging in size from 35 to 150 microm, were acquired using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer capable of both rapid- and step-scan mirror movement. Thermal diffusion lengths were on the order of the particle sizes of the beads. The PA magnitude spectra were similar to absorption(More)
F. Aguilera-Granja, J. L. Rodrı́guez-López, K. Michaelian, E. O. Berlanga-Ramı́rez, and A. Vega Instituto de Fı́sica, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosı́, 78000 San Luis Potosı́, Mexico Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, 78712-1063 Austin, Texas Instituto de Fı́sica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 20-364, 01000(More)
In this study, we report for the first time the use of silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) as contrast agents in biomedical photoacoustic imaging. Using frequency-domain photoacoustic correlation (the photoacoustic radar), we investigated the effects of nanoparticle size, concentration and biological media (e.g. serum, sheep(More)
We describe the use of a pulsed external-cavity quantum-cascade laser (EC-QCL) for the acquisition of mid-IR photoacoustic (PA) spectra of solids. The EC-QCL employed in this work operates from 990 to 1075 cm(-1) (9.30-10.10 microm). A gas-microphone PA cell was used as the detector, and the signal was demodulated using a lock-in amplifier. PA EC-QCL(More)
Four techniques for the reduction or elimination of fluorescence from Raman spectra of Syncrude process samples were examined in this study. These methods are based on the retrieval of Raman bands from differential, or derivative spectra. Differential data were generated by subtracting similar spectra of a given sample obtained in three ways: (a) shifted(More)
We consider the time dependence of the absorption coefficient due to the photoinduced chemical reaction (PCR) and species diffusion to calculate the temperature rise in the thermal-lens (TL) effect. The TL signal at the detector plane is also calculated. This theoretical approach removes the restriction that the PCR time constant is much greater than the(More)
Dental caries is the leading cause of tooth loss, which can promptly be prevented if detected in early stages of progression. Unfortunately, conventional diagnostic modalities currently used in dentistry lack the sensitivity to detect early caries. The authors' intention is to compare the ability of polarized Raman spectroscopy and thermophotonic imaging to(More)
The fingerprint (200-1800 cm(-1)) region in FT-Raman spectra of Syncrude Sweet Blend (SSB) and its three constituent distillation fractions (naphtha, light gas oil and heavy gas oil) was analyzed in detail in this study. Approximately 50 bands were observed and assigned to functional groups in saturated (alkanes) and unsaturated (aromatics) species.(More)
A high-resolution spectrum in the region of 2144 cm(-1) is assigned to the previously elusive CO trimer. In spite of interference from the CO dimer and some remaining unexplained details, there is strong evidence for a planar, cyclic, C-bonded trimer structure, with C(3h) symmetry and 4.42 Å intermolecular separation, in agreement with theoretical(More)