FURI | Spring 2021

Schlieren Optics and Photoacoustic Imaging Development

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The purpose of the research is to shorten diagnostic times by developing a new real-time Photoacoustic Microscopy imaging technique. Photoacoustic microscopy can target naturally occurring absorbers as well as exogenous contrast agents which can reveal information regarding underlying health. Traditional methods require multiple scans to reconstruct an image. By combining Schlieren Optics with Photoacoustic Imaging, this research aims to collect similar information that can be collected with one scan that can be interpreted in real time.

Student researcher

Joshua Burgett

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2022