Laser Induced Phased Arrays (LIPAs) use post processing to focus and steer the generated ultrasonic beam, synthesizing a phased array. Their principle is based on laser ultrasonics where lasers are used to generate and detect ultrasound. The technique is broadband, non-contact, and couplant free, making LIPAs suitable for large stand-off distances, inspection of components of complex geometries and hazardous environments. Our motivation is to demonstrate remote, non destructive testing with improved image quality, using this technique. LIPAs will be presented that are synthesized by capturing the Full Matrix (FMC), a data acquisition method where all possible transmitter receiver combinations in the array are obtained, at the nondestructive, thermoelastic regime. The Total Focusing Method (TFM) is used as the imaging algorithm, where the captured signals are summed with the appropriate time delay, in order to synthesize a focus at every point in the imaging area. The aim of our presentation is to adapt the FMC and the TFM, which have been previously developed for conventional ultrasonic transducers, to the needs of LIPAs in order to enable fast imaging and make more efficient use of the information in the data.
|Title of host publication||2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Oct 2017|
|Event||2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017 - Washington, United States|
Duration: 6 Sept 2017 → 9 Sept 2017
|Conference||2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017|
|Period||6/09/17 → 9/09/17|