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Insights into Acoustically induced PiezoLuminescence: the visualization of ultrasonic beam patterns
* 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 4 , 1, 2
1  Ghent University
2  NB Photonics
3  Mechanics of Materials and Structures
4  Physics of Fluids


Ultrasonic transducers are used in many fields of application, including medical imaging/treatment, non-destructive testing and material characterization. To assure the quality of the ultrasonic investigation transducers require regular checks for possible deterioration and accurate calibration. Current methods rely on point-by-point scanning of the ultrasound field with a needle hydrophone, which is expensive and time consuming. Recently, we have developed a new concept, in which a fast full-field visualization of the radiation field is achieved through Acoustically induced PiezoLuminescence (APL). Here, we report on an improved ultrasonic beam visualization and provide further insights into the mechanism underlying APL and mechanoluminescence.

Keywords: 216 Mechanoluminescence; Ultrasound; Transducer; APL