Optically excited nanoscale ultrasonic transducers

Smith, Richard J. and Cota, Fernando Perez and Marques, Leonel and Chen, Xuesheng and Arca, Ahmet and Webb, Kevin and Aylott, Jonathon and Somekh, Michael G. and Clark, Matt (2015) Optically excited nanoscale ultrasonic transducers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137 (1). pp. 219-227. ISSN 00001-4966

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In order to work at higher ultrasonic frequencies, for instance, to increase the resolution, it is necessary to fabricate smaller and higher frequency transducers. This paper presents an ultrasonic transducer capable of being made at a very small size and operated at GHz frequencies. The transducers are activated and read optically using pulsed lasers and without physical contact between the instrumentation and the transducer. This removes some of the practical impediments of traditional piezoelectric architectures (such as wiring) and allows the devices to be placed immediately on or within samples, reducing the significant effect of attenuation which is very strong at frequencies above 1 GHz. The transducers presented in this paper exploit simultaneous optical and mechanical resonances to couple the optical input into ultrasonic waves and vice versa. This paper discusses the mechanical and optical design of the devices at a modest scale (a few lm) and explores the scaling of the transducers toward the sub-micron scale. Results are presented that show how the transducers response changes depending on its local environment and how the resonant frequency shifts when the transducer is loaded by a printed protein sample.

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Additional Information: Copyright 2015 Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. The following article appeared in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of Amer (Vol.137, No.1) and may be found at http://scitation.aip.org/content/asa/journal/jasa/137/1/10.1121/1.4904487?aemail=author.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4904487
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Depositing User: Smith, Dr Richard
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 15:47
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 14:22
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28218

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