Wave Analysis of the Acoustic Material Signature for the Line Focus Microscope

J. D. Achenbach, V. S. Ahn, J. G. Harris

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A model is presented for the computation of the acoustic material signature, or V(z) effect, for a line focus scanning acoustic microscope, based upon a boundary element calculation and an electromechanical reciprocity identity. The electromechanical reciprocity identity is used to relate the voltage at the terminals of the microscope’s transducer to the acoustic wavefields at the interface between the specimen and the coupling fluid. A Gaussian beam, launched in the buffer rod, is tracked through the lens and its matching layer. A model for the matching layer that is convenient for use with the boundary element technique is presented. The wavefields scattered from the surface of the specimen, including the leaky Rayleigh wave, are then calculated. Knowing the wavefields incident on and scattered from the specimen the acoustic signature is calculated using the reciprocity relation. Results are presented for a defect free halfspace. They are compared with an analytical model and an experimental measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-387
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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