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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 7 — Apr. 7, 2014
  • pp: 7831–7843

Picosecond time resolved opto-acoustic imaging with 48 MHz frequency resolution

A. Abbas, Y. Guillet, J.-M. Rampnoux, P. Rigail, E. Mottay, B. Audoin, and S. Dilhaire  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 7831-7843 (2014)

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A compact femtosecond dual-oscillator pump-probe setup with 48 MHz-repetition rate, relying on asynchronous optical sampling, is presented. The relative timing jitter between both lasers over the whole pump-probe delay range is of the order of or lower than 500 fs. We demonstrate that both a picosecond temporal resolution and a 48 MHz spectral resolution combined with the fast acquisition rate inherent to the asynchronous optical sampling allow performing broadband opto-acoustic imaging with a spectrum covering more than two decades from 300 MHz to 150 GHz. As an illustration, the opto-acoustic response of a supported thin film is investigated, revealing high frequency acoustic echoes close to the epicenter as well as low GHz surface acoustic waves propagating up to 40μm away from the epicenter. Semi-analytical calculations have been carried out and perfectly reproduce the dispersion of the surface acoustic waves experimentally observed.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution
(300.6500) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, time-resolved
(100.0118) Image processing : Imaging ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2014
Published: March 27, 2014

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A. Abbas, Y. Guillet, J.-M. Rampnoux, P. Rigail, E. Mottay, B. Audoin, and S. Dilhaire, "Picosecond time resolved opto-acoustic imaging with 48 MHz frequency resolution," Opt. Express 22, 7831-7843 (2014)

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