Marc D. Fontana

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We propose a new optical sensor to characterize the solid-liquid phase transition in salted solutions. The probe mainly consists of a Raman spectrometer that extracts the vibrational properties from the light scattered by the salty medium. The spectrum of the O-H stretching band was shown to be strongly affected by the introduction of NaCl and the(More)
We show that a Z-transform-based time-response analysis of the electro-optical response of a crystal to a step voltage with a short rise time allows one to obtain the dispersion of the electro-optical coefficients over a wide frequency range. We describe the method employed and present the results obtained for the main electroptic coefficients (r22, r61,(More)
This paper is devoted to the description and characterization of a new electro-optic sensor based on a polarimetric device operating in reflection mode, and on a closed-loop controller. The main features of the proposed sensor are versatility, insensitivity to the laser beam optical power fluctuation, and fully linear working mode. The resolution of the(More)
Raman spectroscopy was used to study the NaCl aqueous solutions around the solid-liquid phase transition. Special attention was devoted to the modification induced by the salt on the OH stretching band of water. Investigations were carried out in the temperature range between -21 and 10 degrees C, for concentrations from 0 to 200 g/L. We demonstrated that(More)
We develop a generalized model in order to calculate the point spread functions in both the focal and the detection planes for the electric field strengths. In these calculations, based on the generalized Jones matrices, we introduce all of the interdependent parameters that could influence the spatial resolution of a confocal optical microscope. Our(More)
– We demonstrate the interest of the Raman sensors in various aspects of studies in chemistry and physics. We illustrate the advantages of this technique in two applications that we have recently investigated. For the first industrial application, we related the stress of a polymer during its deformation with the Raman intensity and for the second, we(More)
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