Laser generated ultrasound sources using polymer nanocomposites for high frequency metrology
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AbstractAccurate characterisation of ultrasound fields generated by diagnostic and therapeutic transducers is critical for patient safety. This requires hydrophones calibrated to a traceable standard. The existing implementation of the primary standard at the National Measurement Institutes, e.g., NPL and PTB, can provide accurate calibration to a maximum frequency of 40MHz. However, the increasing use of high frequencies for both imaging and therapy necessitates calibrations to frequencies well beyond this range. For this to be possible, a source of high amplitude, broadband, quasi-planar and stable ultrasound fields is required. This is difficult to achieve using conventional piezoelectric sources, but laser generated ultrasound is a promising technique in this regard. In this study various polymer-carbon nanotube nanocomposites (PNC) were fabricated and tested for their suitability for such an application.
CitationRajagopal S, Sainsbury T, Treeby B, Cox B (2017) Laser generated ultrasound sources using polymer nanocomposites for high frequency metrology. 2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS). Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ULTSYM.2017.8091730.
Conference/Event name2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017