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Continuous-wave photoacoustic microscopy
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Paper Abstract

We have built a photoacoustic microscope (PAM) using an amplitude-modulated continuous-wave (CW) laser source, which is an inexpensive 120-mW laser diode. By using a bowl-shaped piezoelectric transducer, whose numerical aperture is 0.85 and resonance frequency is 2.45 MHz, we have experimentally demonstrated a lateral resolution of 600 &mgr;m, an axial resolution of 700 &mgr;m, and a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) as high as 43 dB. Although the SNR in the CW PAM system is an order of magnitude worse than that of the pulsed-laser-based PAM system, CW PAM shows potential for biomedical applications as it uses durable and inexpensive semiconductor lasers, which will significantly reduce operation costs of the PAM systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6437, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2007: The Eighth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics, 64370P (13 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.702240
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Konstantin Maslov, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6437:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2007: The Eighth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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