Optoacoustic method for determination of submicron metal coating properties: Theoretical consideration

Ivan M. Pelivanov, Daria S. Kopylova, Natalia B. Podymova, Alexander A. Karabutov

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Abstract

The goal of this work is theoretical consideration of the optoacoustic (OA) conversion in the system consisting of a metal film deposited on a transparent dielectric substrate and covered by a transparent liquid. This consideration implies a method for nondestructive evaluation of submicron metal coatings. The main principle of the method is the following. Irradiation of the metal film by a nanosecond laser pulse leads to transient heating and expansion of the film that in turn results in the generation of an acoustic signal. The waveform of the signal results from two contributions: the "primary" signal from the thermal expansion of the metal film, which repeats the temporal profile of the laser pulse envelope, and the "secondary" signal, which originates from the thermal expansion of the adjacent liquid layer. Due to low thermal conductivity of liquid compared to metal, the liquid accumulates heat that is released in metal and produces that secondary contribution into the OA conversion. This contribution is very sensitive to the properties of the film. The influence of the film thickness and its thermophysical parameters on the frequency-dependent efficiency of OA conversion and on the temporal profile of excited OA signals is discussed in detail. Based on these results, the method for nondestructive evaluation of submicron metal coatings properties is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013507
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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