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A miniature all-optical photoacoustic imaging probe

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Edward Z. Zhang, Paul C. Beard

Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

Proc. SPIE 7899, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2011, 78991F (February 28, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.874883
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  • Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2011
  • Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang
  • San Francisco, California, USA | January 22, 2011


A miniature (250 μm outer diameter) photoacoustic probe for endoscopic applications has been developed. It comprises a single delivery optical fibre with a transparent Fabry Perot (FP) ultrasound sensor at its distal end. The fabrication of the sensor was achieved by depositing a thin film multilayer structure comprising a polymer spacer sandwiched between a pair of dichroic dielectric mirrors on to the tip of a single mode fiber. The probe was evaluated in terms of its acoustic bandwidth and sensitivity. Ultra high acoustic sensitivity has been achieved with a concave FP interferometer cavity design, which effectively suppresses the phase dispersion of multiple reflected beam within the cavity to achieve high finesse. The noise equivalent noise (NEP) achieved is 8 Pa over a 20 MHz bandwidth. Backward mode operation of the probe is demonstrated by detecting photoacoustic signals in a variety of phantoms designed to simulate endoscopic applications. A side-viewing probe is also demonstrated illustrating an all-optical design for intravascular imaging applications.

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Edward Z. Zhang and Paul C. Beard
"A miniature all-optical photoacoustic imaging probe", Proc. SPIE 7899, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2011, 78991F (February 28, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.874883; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.874883

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