Photoacoustic signal formation in absorbing and scattering liquids

Seppo Nissilä, Onni Ahola, Harri Kopola, Risto Myllylä, Jussi Tenhunen, Zuomin Zhao

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The so-called photoacoustic technique combines optical properties, such as absorption and scattering, with acoustic properties, such as sound velocity and absorption, to monitor and measure the physical properties of materials. This paper comprises a theoretical study on the properties of acoustic pulses and a discussion on earlier theories presented in literature. It also describes and analyzes the results of simulation tests based on the Monte-Carlo method, undertaken to examine the effects that absorption and scattering co-efficients of two-layer media have on the shape of the acoustic transmitter. Finally, the theoretical results are corroborated with measurements using a CO2 laser and a two-wavelength diode laser PA system, developed during the study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomedical Systems and Technologies II
EditorsFrancesco Baldini, Nathan I. Croitoru, Mark Russell Dickinson, Martin Frenz, Mitsonobu Miyagi, Riccardo Pratesi, Stefan Seeger
Place of Publication978-0-8194-2631-4
PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
Publication statusPublished - 1998
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventBiomedical Systems and Technologies II - San Remo, Italy
Duration: 4 Sep 19976 Sep 1997

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of SPIE


ConferenceBiomedical Systems and Technologies II
CitySan Remo

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