Precise measurement in laser ultrasonics by phase velocity scanning of interference fringes

Kazushi Yamanaka

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In laser ultrasonics, the characteristics of acoustic waves, such as mode selectivity and directivity, are not as good as in piezoelectric techniques, and this is a problem in achieving high measurement precision. Thus, we proposed the phase velocity scanning method for selective generation of surface acoustic waves (SAW), and bulk acoustic waves (BAW). For SAW generation, a thermoelastic source of interference fringes is scanned at the phase velocity of the SAW. For SAW velocity measurement, the ratio of the measured SAW frequency and the wave number of the scanning interference fringes is employed. The velocity measurement is very precise (better than 0.1%) because of the amplitude enhancement of desired SAW and suppression of spurious SAW and BAW. For BAW generation, the interference fringes are scanned at considerably higher velocity, and excellent directivity of longitudinal and shear waves has been realized for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2939-2945
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number5 SUPPL. B
Publication statusPublished - 1997 May
Externally publishedYes


  • Directivity
  • Elastic constants
  • Laser ultrasonics
  • Mode selectivity
  • Phase matching
  • Surface acoustic waves
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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