Resonant effects in evanescent wave scattering of polydisperse colloids. Academic Article uri icon


  • Measurements and predictions are reported to understand large variations in evanescent wave (EW) scattering intensities between different particles from the same batch of single mode, polydisperse colloids. Measured EW scattering intensity distributions are obtained for three different micrometer sized latex particles irreversibly deposited onto glass surfaces. Predicted EW scattering intensity distributions are obtained using measured particle size distributions as input in a Mie theory for the three-dimensional scattering of a sphere under EW illumination. Good agreement is observed between measured and predicted EW scattering intensity distributions using no adjustable parameters. Our results indicate how finite polydispersity together with resonant effects produce large, nonlinear intensity variations between particles that appear to be physically and chemically uniform. Our findings allow such resonant effects to be understood and exploited in EW based particle-surface characterization techniques (e.g., using total internal reflections, surface plasmons) and chemical and biomolecular sensing applications (e.g., using whispering gallery modes).

published proceedings

  • Langmuir

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, H., Shah, S., Beckham, R., Meissner, K. E., & Bevan, M. A.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Wu, Hung-Jen||Shah, Suhani||Beckham, Richard||Meissner, Kenith E||Bevan, Michael A

publication date

  • December 2008