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Scanning Tomographic Acoustic Microscopy: Principles And Recent Developments
Author(s): G. Wade; A. Meyyappan
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Paper Abstract

Acoustic Microscopy is an important branch of non-destructive evaluation which provides high resolution for imaging the detailed structure of a small object. When an acoustic microscope operates in the transmission mode, the micrograph is simply a shadowgraph of all the structures encountered by the acoustic wave passing through the object. Because of diffraction and overlapping, the resultant images are difficult to comprehend in the case of specimens of substantial thickness and structural complexity. We used the principles of diffraction tomography and acoustical holography along with digital calcuations of wavefield propagation to overcome this problem. We have described in previously-published work how a scanning laser acoustic microscope (SLAM) can be modified to obtain data for subsurface tomographic imaging. In this paper, we review the principles of scanning tomographic acoustic microscopy (STAM). The required modification of SLAM to obtain STAM and the reconstruction process are described. We show how we are able to accurately acquire the complex-amplitude information necessary for image reconstruction. We demonstrate the power of this technique by comparing digitally-computed images thus obtained with analogue images of a conventional SLAM. The results show that high-quality, high-resolution subsurface images can be obtained from experimentally acquired data. We also describe techniques to obtain projection data from different angles of wave incidence enabling us to tomographically reconstruct different planes of a complex specimen in microscopic detail. With these modifications in place, STAM should shortly become a powerful tool in non-destructive evaluation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0768, Pattern Recognition and Acoustical Imaging, (10 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940277
Show Author Affiliations
G. Wade, University of California (United States)
A. Meyyappan, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0768:
Pattern Recognition and Acoustical Imaging
Leonard A. Ferrari, Editor(s)

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