[PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS] Huygens-Fresnel Acoustic Interference and the Development of Robust Time-A
Periodic pattern generation using time-averaged acoustic forces conventionally requires the intersection of counterpropagating wave fields, where suspended micro-objects in a microfluidic system collect along force potential minimizing nodal or antinodal lines. Whereas this effect typically requires either multiple transducer elements or whole channel resonance, we report the generation of scalable periodic patterning positions without either of these conditions. A single propagating surface acoustic wave interacts with the proximal channel wall to produce a knife-edge effect according to the Huygens-Fresnel principle, where these cylindrically propagating waves interfere with classical wave fronts emanating from the substrate. We simulate these conditions and describe a model that accurately predicts the lateral spacing of these positions in a robust and novel approach to acoustic patterning.
Citsabehsan Devendran, David J. Collins, Ye Ai, and Adrian Neild Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 154501 – Published 12 April 2017