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Photoacoustic generation of focused ultrasonic pulses with predefined temporal profiles including quasi-unipolar pressure pulses
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Paper Abstract

One of the applications of the photoacoustic effect in biomedical research is generation of ultra-short acoustic pressure pulses in tissue. An acoustic wave is generated directly in tissue or in an acoustically well coupled immersion liquid, thus avoiding mechanical resonances of the piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer. Although laser generation of the unipolar pressure pulses has been proposed and used before, little attention was paid to the change of the temporal shape of the pulse when it propagates from a transducer. Here we derive simple mathematical solution which helps to predict the pulse shape in the focal region of the transducer and to experimentally verify theoretical calculations showing generation of short quasi-unipolar pressure pulses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6856, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2008: The Ninth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics, 68560C (28 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.763972
Show Author Affiliations
Konstantin Maslov, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Hao F. Zhang, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6856:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2008: The Ninth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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