Generation of short acoustic pulses from an energetic picosecond laser

R. J. Dewhurst, W. S A R Al'Rubai

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    A passively mode-locked laser which produces picosecond energetic laser pulses for the generation of ultrasound is described. High energy extraction from the laser was achieved by using a minimum number of optical elements in the optical resonator and by using a half-symmetric resonator configuration. Output energy in the mode-locked train was 160 mJ. A single pulse from this train, up to 8 mJ in 30 ps, was used to generate ultrasound in thin sheet material, such as 250 μm thick aluminium sheet. Ultrasound detection was achieved by either a PVDF transducer, coupled to an oscilloscope without pre-amplification, or by a laser interferometer. A comparison of acoustic waveform recorded by these two devices showed that the PVDF transducer behaved essentially as a velocity sensor. © 1989.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)262-269
    Number of pages7
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 1989


    • laser generation of ultrasound
    • photoacoustics
    • PVDF detection


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