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Slowness curve surface acoustic wave transducers for optimized acoustic streaming

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Abstract

Surface acoustic waves can induce force gradients on the length scales of micro- and nanoparticles, allowing precise manipulation for particle capture, alignment and sorting activities. These waves typically occupy a spatial region much larger than a single particle, resulting in batch manipulation. Circular arc transducers can focus a SAW into a narrow beam on the order of the particle diameter for highly localised, single-particle manipulation by exciting wavelets which propagate to a common focal point. The anisotropic nature of SAW substrates, however, elongates and shifts the focal region. Acousto-microfluidic applications are highly dependent on the morphology of the underlying substrate displacement and, thus, become dependent on the microchannel position relative to the circular arc transducer. This requires either direct measurement or computational modelling of the SAW displacement field. We show that the directly measured elongation and shift in the focal region are recapitulated by an analytical model of beam steering, derived from a simulated slowness curve for 128° Y-cut lithium niobate. We show how the negative effects of beam steering can be negated by adjusting the curvature of arced transducers according to the slowness curve of the substrate, for which we present a simple function for convenient implementation in computational design software. Slowness-curve adjusted transducers do not require direct measurement of the SAW displacement field for microchannel placement and can capture smaller particles within the streaming vortices than can circular arc IDTs.

Graphical abstract: Slowness curve surface acoustic wave transducers for optimized acoustic streaming

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Submitted
12 Dec 2019
Accepted
12 Mar 2020
First published
20 Mar 2020

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2020,10, 11582-11589
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Slowness curve surface acoustic wave transducers for optimized acoustic streaming

R. O'Rorke, A. Winkler, D. Collins and Y. Ai, RSC Adv., 2020, 10, 11582
DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10452F

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