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A sensitive pressure sensor for diamond anvil cell experiments up to 2 GPa: FluoSpheres®

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Picard, Aude ; Laboratoire de Sciences de la Terre, UMR 5570 CNRS-ENSL-UCBL, 46 Allée d’Italie, F-69364 Lyon Cedex 07, France ; Oger, Phil M. ; Daniel, Isabelle ; Cardon, Herve
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We present an optical pressure sensor suitable for experiments in diamond anvil cell in the 0.1 MPa–2 GPa pressure range, for temperatures between ambient and 323 K. It is based on the pressure-dependent fluorescence spectrum of FluoSpheres®, which are commercially available fluorescent microspheres commonly used to measure blood flow in experimental biology. The fluorescence of microspheres is excited by the 514.5 nm line of an Ar+ laser, and the resulting spectrum displays three very intense broad bands at 534, 558, and 598 nm, respectively. The reference wavelength and pressure gauge is that of the first inflection point of the spectrum, located at 525.6±0.2 nm at ambient pressure. It is characterized by an instantaneous and large linear pressure shift of 9.93(±0.08) nm/GPa. The fluorescence of the FluoSpheres® has been investigated as a function of pressure (0.1–4 GPa), temperature (295–343 K), pH (3–12), salinity, and pressure transmitting medium. These measurements show that, for pressures comprised between 0.1 MPa and 2 GPa, at temperatures not exceeding 323 K, at any pH, in aqueous pressure transmitting media, pressure can be calculated from the wavelength shift of two to three beads, according to the relation P=0.100 (±0.001) Δλi(P) with Δλi(P)=λi(P)-λi(0) and λi(P) as the wavelength of the first inflection point of the spectrum at the pressure P. This pressure sensor is approximately thirty times more sensitive than the ruby scale and responds instantaneously to pressure variations.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:100 ,  Issue: 3 )