Analysis of dynamic light scattering signals with discrete wavelet transformation
Van der Waals-Zeeman Instituut, Universiteit van Amsterdam,
Valckenierstraat 65, 1018 XE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Accepted: 12 July 1996
The analysis of non-stationary signals calls for specific tools which go beyond classical Fourier analysis. Here we present the discrete wavelet transform as a quantitative method to analyse the scaling properties of non-stationary and chaotic signals obtained by light scattering. The analysis is performed directly on the time-resolved scattered intensity. The result is the scaling exponent of the underlying power spectrum and the frequency window where the scaling can be observed. These properties are obtained with a higher accuracy and in a fraction of the time compared with the classical method of intensity correlation functions. As a test we applied the new method to the sol-gel transition of a suspension of disc-shaped colloidal particles in water.
PACS: 78.35.+c – Brillouin and Rayleigh scattering / 05.40.+j – Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, and Brownian motion / 02.70.-c – Computational techniques
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