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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 27, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1988
  • pp: 4696–4700

Generation of ultrasound by repetitively Q-switching a pulsed Nd:YAG laser

James W. Wagner, John B. Deaton, Jr., and James B. Spicer  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 22, pp. 4696-4700 (1988)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.27.004696


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Abstract

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.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: March 18, 1988
Published: November 15, 1988

Citation
James W. Wagner, John B. Deaton, and James B. Spicer, "Generation of ultrasound by repetitively Q-switching a pulsed Nd:YAG laser," Appl. Opt. 27, 4696-4700 (1988)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-27-22-4696

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