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The ability to understand and visualize complex flow structures in microfluidic and biological systems relies heavily on the resolving power of three-dimensional (3D) particle velocimetry techniques. We propose a simple technique for acquiring volumetric particle information with the potential for microsecond time resolution. By utilizing a fast varifocal lens in a modified wide-field microscope, we capture both volumetric and planar information with microsecond time resolution. The technique is demonstrated by tracking particle motions in the complex, three-dimensional flow in a high Reynolds number laminar flow at a branching arrow-shaped junction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number41
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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