Wideband photoacoustic tomography using polymer microringresonators

Sung Liang Chen, Sheng Wen Huang, Tao Ling, Shai Ashkenazi, L. Jay Guo

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Photoacoustic tomography is an imaging technique based on the reconstruction of distribution of acoustic pressure, generated by the absorption of short laser pulses in biological tissues. The detected ultrasound signals can be represented by the convolution of the structure of objects, the laser pulse, and the impulse response of the ultrasound detectors. Detector's wideband response is essential for imaging reconstruction of multiscale objects by utilizing a range of characteristic acoustic wavelengths. Optical detection of ultrasound has the advantage of realizing high-frequency wide-bandwidth ultrasound detection. Previously we have demonstrated a polymer microring resonator based ultrasound detector with flat spectral response from dc to high frequency, over 90 MHz at -3-dB. By using a reconstruction algorithm to simulate the photoacoustic tomography of microspheres of different sizes, we compared the imaging performance of the microring resonators and piezoelectric transducers. Due to the broadband response, the former was able to faithfully detect both the boundaries that are characteristics of high spatial frequencies and the inner structure consisting primarily of low spatial frequency components. Piezoelectric transducers can only preserve one of the two aspects, depending on the choice of detector's central frequency. Experimental results demonstrate the benefit of broadband response of polymer microring resonators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number71772B
JournalProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
StatePublished - 2009
EventPhotons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2009 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2009Jan 28 2009


  • Frequency response
  • Optical resonance
  • Optical resonators
  • Optical waveguide components
  • Optical waveguides
  • Photoacoustic tomography
  • Ultrasound detector
  • Wideband


Dive into the research topics of 'Wideband photoacoustic tomography using polymer microringresonators'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this