The basic equations governing the photoacoustic effect in condensed matter are derived based on themoelastic considerations. A general solution is given for the case when the pulsed light beam is used as the activation source. Some special cases where thermal diffusion is negligible are discussed.
© 1982 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 3, 1981
Published: March 1, 1982
Gu Liu, "Theory of the photoacoustic effect in condensed matter," Appl. Opt. 21, 955-960 (1982)