Compact laser light-scattering instrument for microgravity research

Richard B. Rogers, William V. Meyer, Jixiang Zhu, Paul M. Chaikin, William B. Russel, Min Li, Walter B. Turner

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    NASA has developed a compact laser light-scattering instrument that employs both static and dynamic light-scattering techniques for microgravity research. The first use of this instrument was to study the behavior of colloidal hard spheres in a reduced gravity environment during the Second United States Microgravity Laboratory space shuttle mission. We discuss the instrument design and possible improvements based on our observations of significant differences between hard-sphere behavior in Earth's gravity and microgravity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)7493-7500
    Number of pages8
    JournalApplied Optics
    Issue number30
    StatePublished - Oct 20 1997


    • Dynamic light scattering
    • Hard spheres
    • Microgravity
    • Static light scattering

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Engineering (miscellaneous)
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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