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Title: Detection of nonlinear picosecond acoustic pulses by time-resolved Brillouin scattering

In time-resolved Brillouin scattering (also called picosecond ultrasonic interferometry), the time evolution of the spatial Fourier component of an optically excited acoustic strain distribution is monitored. The wave number is determined by the momentum conservation in photon-phonon interaction. For linear acoustic waves propagating in a homogeneous medium, the detected time-domain signal of the optical probe transient reflectivity shows a sinusoidal oscillation at a constant frequency known as the Brillouin frequency. This oscillation is a result of heterodyning the constant reflection from the sample surface with the Brillouin-scattered field. Here, we present an analytical theory for the nonlinear reshaping of a propagating, finite amplitude picosecond acoustic pulse, which results in a time-dependence of the observed frequency. In particular, we examine the conditions under which this information can be used to study the time-evolution of the weak-shock front speed. Depending on the initial strain pulse parameters and the time interval of its nonlinear transformation, our theory predicts the detected frequency to either be monotonically decreasing or oscillating in time. We support these theoretical predictions by comparison with available experimental data. In general, we find that picosecond ultrasonic interferometry of nonlinear acoustic pulses provides access to the nonlinear acoustic properties of a mediummore » spanning most of the GHz frequency range.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. LUNAM Universités, CNRS, Université du Maine, LAUM UMR-CNRS 6613, Av. O. Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22314633
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; AMPLITUDES; BRILLOUIN EFFECT; DISTRIBUTION; GHZ RANGE; INTERFEROMETRY; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; OSCILLATIONS; PHONONS; PHOTONS; PULSES; REFLECTION; REFLECTIVITY; SIGNALS; SOUND WAVES; STRAINS; SURFACES; TIME DEPENDENCE; TIME RESOLUTION