Laser ultrasonic microscopy

S. D. Sharples, M. Clark, R. J. Smith, R. J. Ellwood, W. Li, Michael Geoffrey Somekh

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As the field of laser ultrasonics has matured over the past decade, our main focus has been on developing techniques for characterising materials in ever-finer detail, in terms of both spatial resolution and information content. We have worked to improve both the instrumentation and our understanding of the interactions between light, sound and material properties. This effort results in a range of techniques at different stages of maturity, tied by the theme of laser ultrasonic microscopy; that is imaging the interaction between optically excited and detected ultrasonic waves, and the material under inspection. This paper is a review of the work done so far.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-384
Number of pages18
JournalNondestructive Testing and Evaluation
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • acoustic aberration
  • acoustic microscopy
  • nonlinear
  • SRAS
  • surface acoustic waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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