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This letter discusses experimentation with optically induced phase change in nanoparticle liquid suspensions-commonly termed nanofluids. Four different types of nanofluids at five concentrations were exposed to a similar to 120 mW, 532 nm laser beam to determine the minimum laser flux needed to create vapor. Laser irradiance was varied between 0-770 W cm(-2). While the experiments were simple, they involved many complex, interrelated physical phenomena, including: subcooled boiling, thermal driven particle/bubble motion, nanoparticle radiative absorption/scattering, and nanoparticle clumping. Such phenomena could enable novel solar collectors in which the working fluid directly absorbs energy and undergoes phase change in a single step. c 2009 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3250174]

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Taylor, R.A., Phelan, P.E., Otanicar, T., Adrian, R.J., and Prasher, P.S., 2009, "Vapor Generation in a Nanoparticle Liquid Suspension Using a Focused, Continuous Laser," Applied Physics Letters, 95(16).