Nonlinear optical evidences of aggregation in asphaltene-toluene solutions

Jimmy Castillo, Jannett Hung, Alberto Fernández, Vladimiro Mujica

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Abstract

Evidences of asphaltene aggregation are presented through the application of the Z-scan technique to study the nonlinear optical response of solutions of asphaltenes in toluene. Strong dependence of the two photon absorption coefficients (β) with the input intensity was observed for concentrated solutions, as opposed to the observed behavior at low concentration. The results suggest that a change in (β) occurs as a consequence of aggregation. The results are of importance for the study of dark samples like those relevant for crude oils.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1243
Number of pages5
JournalFuel
Volume80
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Aggregation
  • Asphaltenes
  • Toluene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry

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