Adaptive laser array-receivers for acoustic waves detection

Tuovinen, Hemmo; Murray, Todd W.; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar
May 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 509 Issue 1, p1065
Academic Journal
Interferometric detection systems typically use a single focused laser point receiver for the detection of acoustic waves. In some cases, where optical damage of the structure is of concern, it may be advantageous to distribute the detection laser energy over an area. This can be done, for example, by using a point-array or a line-array probe. Other advantages of an array receiver include directional sensitivity and frequency selectivity. It is important to notice that laser-array reception is possible only with self-referential interferometers. In this paper adaptive array interferometric detection schemes, which are based on wave mixing in photorefractive bismuth silicate crystal, are described. An adaptive narrow-band laser array receiver of surface acoustic waves is demonstrated. The interferometer is also configured as a linearly frequency modulated (chirped) array receiver. The chirped receiver, when excited with a similarly chirped ultrasonic source, allows pulse compression of the ultrasonic signal thus maintaining high temporal resolution. The signal-to-noise ratio for the different array detection schemes are determined and compared. Several applications of laser-array reception are presented. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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