Methods and apparatus for ascertaining a relative viscosity characterizing a fluid sample. The fluid sample is illuminated through a scattering membrane adjacent to the fluid with broadband radiation. Scattering from particles within the fluid sample characterized by a distribution of characteristic dimensions spanning at least two orders of magnitude is detected, generating a detector signal as a function of depth relative to a specified surface of the scattering membrane at a plurality of temporal delays. A cross-correlation function of at least one of amplitude, phase and intensity of a scattered optical field is derived for a plurality of depths relative to the specified surface. A mean cross-correlation function is then derived for each depth and fit to obtain a diffusion coefficient, from which a relative viscosity characterizing the fluid is derived.
|Original language||English (US)|
|U.S. patent number||10258238|
|State||Published - Apr 16 2019|