Precise velocity measurement of surface acoustic waves on a bearing ball

Kazushi Yamanaka, Hideo Cho, Yusuke Tsukahara

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Using the photoacoustic effect of interference fringes scanned at the phase velocity of surface acoustic waves (SAW), we excited tone bursts of SAW with a center frequency of around 30 MHz on a 8 mm φ steel bearing ball. A surprisingly large number (around 20 turns) of round-trip propagations was observed. The time interval between the SAW at the first and the twelfth turn was as large as 93 μs, however it could be determined with a 2 ns resolution since an exact overlapping of the two wave forms was possible. Thus, we achieved a very high resolution of 0.002% in the velocity measurement, and a velocity change of 2 m/s due to the deposition of a 50-nm-thick Ag film was easily detected. Because of its noncontact nature, this method would be useful for nondestructive evaluation of bearing balls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2797-2799
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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