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4 March 2013 Generation of wide-directivity broadband ultrasound by short laser pulses
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A three-dimensional mouse imaging system combining optoacoustic tomography and laser ultrasound (LOUIS- 3DM) has been developed. It features broadband laser ultrasound emitters positioned opposite an array of transducers. This imaging geometry allows reconstruction of images that either depicts the speed of sound distribution from measured time of flight data, or acoustic attenuation from the measured signal amplitude. We have investigated the performance of two laser ultrasound source designs, both easily adaptable to a commercial imaging system: small diameter source (600 μm) generated off a flat surface, and larger diameter (3 mm) spherical source. Laser energy requirements are modest, well below 1 mJ per pulse for either design. Their performance at normal incidence is comparable both in amplitude and frequency response. However, off-axis generation differs dramatically and the shortcomings of the simple flat emitter design are evident. We show that, in order to achieve optimal performance through proper illumination of the detector array, spherical wave front characteristics are desired.
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André Conjusteau, Vyacheslav V. Nadvoretskiy, Sergey A. Ermilov, and Alexander A. Oraevsky "Generation of wide-directivity broadband ultrasound by short laser pulses", Proc. SPIE 8581, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2013, 85814U (4 March 2013); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2008869
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