An all-optical thin-film high-frequency ultrasound transducer

Clay Sheaff, Shai Ashkenazi

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In this work we have created an all-optical ultrasound transducer by integrating an optically-absorbing polyimide thin-film into an etalon sensor. The optically-generated acoustic pulse had an amplitude of 4.3 MPa and a -3 dB bandwidth of 29 MHz centered at 27 MHz. The etalon sensor achieved a Noise-equivalent Pressure of 1.3 Pa/√Hz. When used in pulse-echo mode, the -6 dB upper cutoff frequency of the device's transmit/receive response reached 47 MHz. A 1-D synthetic aperture was created, and imaging results indicate an upper limit of 100 μm and 40 μm on the lateral and axial resolution, respectively. After the incorporation of fiber optics and 2-D beam scanning, potential applications will include endoscopic and intravascular ultrasound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2011Oct 21 2011

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


Other2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Fabry-Pérot
  • etalon
  • photoacoustic
  • transducer


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