Photo-acoustic concave transmitter for generating high frequency focused ultrasound

Hyoung Won Baac, Tao Ling, Shai Ashkenazi, Sheng Wen Huang, L. Jay Guo

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We present a photo-acoustic concave transmitter to generate and subsequently focus high frequency ultrasound. Owing to a short time-duration of pulse laser beam, high frequency acoustic waves and tight focusing can be easily achieved. The transmitter consists of a light-absorbing film coated on a concave spherical structure. For detection, we used an optical microring ultrasound detector capable of covering a broadband and high frequency spectrum of photo-acoustic source. A spot width of ∼44 μm was obtained at the focal plane. As the finite size and the specific shape of the microring cause a geometrical effect on the detection process, especially for high frequency components, we performed a 2-D spatial signal processing to remove this effect and extract a pure pressure distribution. The aperture for acoustic focusing could be optically controlled by changing the size of pulse laser beam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhotons Plus Ultrasound
Subtitle of host publicationImaging and Sensing 2010
StatePublished - 2010
EventPhotons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2010 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2010Jan 26 2010

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherPhotons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Acoustic focusing
  • High frequency ultrasound
  • Microring resonator
  • Photo-acoustic generation


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