Surface acoustic wave velocity and attenuation dispersion measurement by phase velocity scanning of laser interference fringes

Hideo Cho, Harumichi Sato, Mikio Takemoto, Akinobu Sato, Kazushi Yamanaka

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Abstract

We developed a noncontact, nondestructive surface acoustic waves (SAW) velocity and attenuation measurement method in the frequency range of 30-110 MHz. This method is based on the phase velocity scanning method previously proposed by the authors that uses laser interference fringes scanned at the phase velocity of SAW to generate single-mode SAW with high intensity and directivity. In order to verify the validity and accuracy of the method, we measured SAW velocity and attenuation in Al and AISI 304 steel. The error in SAW velocity measurement was less than 1% in Al. Also, the attenuation was obtained with high precision in the AISI 304 steel. Then, we applied this method to porous silicon (PS) films on Si wafers as an example of a layered medium. The SAW velocity in PS films decreased with increasing porosity. By fitting the calculated dispersion curve to the measured one, the elastic stiffness of PS films was determined with a relative accuracy of 0.2%, which is thought to be the highest using laser ultrasonic methods. The attenuation of PS films was found to be 6-80 dB/cm in the frequency range of 30-70 MHz. The frequency dependence of attenuation was obtained with high precisely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3062-3065
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Volume35
Issue number5 B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Attenuation
  • Laser ultrasonics
  • Noncontact nondestructive evaluation
  • Phase velocity
  • Phase velocity scanning method
  • Porous silicon
  • Quantitative measurement
  • Scanning laser interference fringes
  • Surface acoustic waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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