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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22906–22911

Optical measurements of the laser-induced ultrasonic waves on moving objects

Tomaž Požar, Peter Gregorčič, and Janez Možina  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22906-22911 (2009)

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We performed a single-shot, contactless measurement of ultrasonic waves on a laser-propelled rod with a homodyne quadrature laser interferometer (HQLI) during the entire duration of its motion. This is the first such experimental demonstration of the laser-induced motion of an elastic body where the most important mechanisms that reveal the nature of its motion are presented and explained. Furthermore, these measurements quantitatively demonstrate that the HQLI is an appropriate tool for monitoring high-amplitude (1.3 μm) and high-frequency (200 MHz) ultrasonic waves on moving objects. The applicability of the HQLI can also be extended to measure other optodynamic and high-frequency transient phenomena with a constant sensitivity and a resolution below 1 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 23, 2009
Published: November 30, 2009

Tomaž Požar, Peter Gregorčič, and Janez Možina, "Optical measurements of the laser-induced ultrasonic waves on moving objects," Opt. Express 17, 22906-22911 (2009)

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