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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 22 — Oct. 30, 2006
  • pp: 10435–10440

Spatially resolved acoustic spectroscopy for fast noncontact imaging of material microstructure

Steve D. Sharples, Matthew Clark, and Mike G. Somekh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 10435-10440 (2006)

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We have developed a noncontact and nondestructive technique that uses laser-generated and detected surface acoustic waves to rapidly determine the local acoustic velocity, in order to map the microstructure of multi-grained materials. Optical fringes excite surface waves at a fixed frequency, and the generation efficiency is determined by how closely the fringe spacing matches the acoustic wavelength in the excitation region. Images of titanium alloys are presented, acquired using the technique. Methods to improve the current lateral resolution of 0.8mm are discussed, and the ability to measure velocity change to an accuracy of one part in 3300 is experimentally demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(110.5120) Imaging systems : Photoacoustic imaging
(110.7170) Imaging systems : Ultrasound
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(350.3850) Other areas of optics : Materials processing

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: July 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2006
Published: October 30, 2006

Steve D. Sharples, Matthew Clark, and Mike G. Somekh, "Spatially resolved acoustic spectroscopy for fast noncontact imaging of material microstructure," Opt. Express 14, 10435-10440 (2006)

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