SAW imaging in anisotropic media

Clark, M.; Sharples, S. D.; Somekh, M. G.
May 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 509 Issue 1, p1757
Academic Journal
We have developed a non-contact laser ultrasound SAW microscope operating at 82 MHz and harmonics thereof, which is capable of rapid image acquisition. Conventional acoustic microscopy is largely immune to the effects of aberration because of the very short acoustic path length that is imposed by the presence of the couplant. The couplant also limits the sensitivity of contacting acoustic microscopy. In laser ultrasound systems the absence of couplant means that longer path lengths are possible but the anisotropy and grain structure of the material can aberrate the passage of the acoustic wave limiting the performance of the system and producing acoustic speckle. We show that even weakly aberrating materials (e.g. aluminum) can produce significant speckle effects. We present experimental non-contacting imaging results on isotropic and textured anisotropic samples; together with simulated images. The results demonstrate that the speckle statistics of the experimental and simulated results agree well; thus demonstrating the cause of the speckle in the experimental images. We demonstrate how a wavefront sensor and adaptation of the optical excitation profile offers a solution to the problem of texture in non-contacting SAW imaging. Finally, we discuss how some material properties may be inferred from the speckle. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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