Time-Resolved Photoacoustic Spectroscopy Using Fiber Bragg Grating Acoustic Transducers
Barnes, Jack A.
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An acoustic transducer based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is presented and characterized for use in time-resolved laser-induced photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) on solid samples. The photoacoustic wave was generated by pulsed laser excitation of immobilized carbon black or erbium oxide powder, and detected by recording either the transmission or reflection spectrum of a clamped fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The characterization of the FBGs photoacoustic response is based on the experimental comparison with a static lateral strain source and on theoretical analysis using the piecewise-uniform approach to photoelastic theory. The temporal resolution of the response is determined by the arrangement of the FBG with respect to the source of the acoustic wave and is better than 150 ns, as was verified in a deconvolution analysis. The m