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Piezoelectric Dust Levitator

Nanotechnology is a revolutionary field of study, with a wide array of applications, including electronics, security, and medicine.  Volumetric synthesis methods present a viable path for inexpensive synthesis of large quantities of nanomaterials.  To further research nanomaterials in air, we constructed a device which uses a piezoelectric disk to levitate small, dust particles.  We used this device to levitate several types of small particles, including salt, silica, and research-grade, commercially available nanoparitcles.  The levitated nanoparticles were used as a source, for various volumetric optical diagnostics.  This device will be used to further nanotechnology research.


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