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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Feb. 24, 2014
  • pp: 4590–4598

Femtosecond imaging of nonlinear acoustics in gold

Thomas Pezeril, Christoph Klieber, Viktor Shalagatskyi, Gwenaelle Vaudel, Vasily Temnov, Oliver G. Schmidt, and Denys Makarov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 4590-4598 (2014)

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We have developed a high-sensitivity, low-noise femtosecond imaging technique based on pump-probe time-resolved measurements with a standard CCD camera. The approach used in the experiment is based on lock-in acquisitions of images generated by a femtosecond laser probe synchronized to modulation of a femtosecond laser pump at the same rate. This technique allows time-resolved imaging of laser-excited phenomena with femtosecond time resolution. We illustrate the technique by time-resolved imaging of the nonlinear reshaping of a laser-excited picosecond acoustic pulse after propagation through a thin gold layer. Image analysis reveals the direct 2D visualization of the nonlinear acoustic propagation of the picosecond acoustic pulse. Many ultrafast pump-probe investigations can profit from this technique because of the wealth of information it provides over a typical single diode and lock-in amplifier setup, for example it can be used to image ultrasonic echoes in biological samples.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.7170) Imaging systems : Ultrasound
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(100.0118) Image processing : Imaging ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: November 29, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2014
Published: February 20, 2014

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Vol. 9, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Thomas Pezeril, Christoph Klieber, Viktor Shalagatskyi, Gwenaelle Vaudel, Vasily Temnov, Oliver G. Schmidt, and Denys Makarov, "Femtosecond imaging of nonlinear acoustics in gold," Opt. Express 22, 4590-4598 (2014)

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