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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2010
  • pp: 4151–4153

Remote photoacoustic imaging on solid material using a two-wave mixing interferometer

Thomas Berer, Armin Hochreiner, Saeid Zamiri, and Peter Burgholzer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 24, pp. 4151-4153 (2010)

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We report on remote and contactless photoacoustic imaging (PAI) for the inspection of solid materials using a two-wave mixing interferometer. In this Letter, a semitransparent sample was excited with picosecond laser pulses. The local absorption of the electromagnetic radiation led to generation of broadband ultrasonic waves inside the sample. Ultrasonic waves arriving at the sample surface were detected utilizing a two-wave mixing interferometer. After data acquisition, the initial pressure distribution was reconstructed using a Fourier space synthetic aperture technique algorithm. We show the potential of PAI for the inspection of semitransparent solid materials.

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OCIS Codes
(110.5120) Imaging systems : Photoacoustic imaging
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(190.7070) Nonlinear optics : Two-wave mixing
(280.3375) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser induced ultrasonics

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: September 20, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2010
Published: December 10, 2010

Thomas Berer, Armin Hochreiner, Saeid Zamiri, and Peter Burgholzer, "Remote photoacoustic imaging on solid material using a two-wave mixing interferometer," Opt. Lett. 35, 4151-4153 (2010)

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