Repetitively Q-switching a Nd:YAG laser during a single flashlamp pulse has been used successfully to generate a train of acoustic pulses with a repetition rate as high as 53 kHz. The spectral content of this multiple-pulse ultrasonic signal is significantly narrower in bandwidth than that of a single pulse. A corresponding reduction in the detection system bandwidth results in a marked improvement in detection sensitivity.
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James W. Wagner, John B. Deaton, Jr., and James B. Spicer, "Generation of ultrasound by repetitively Q-switching a pulsed Nd:YAG laser," Appl. Opt. 27, 4696-4700 (1988)