Acoustic vibration testing in a micro-space based on a point source generated by laser-induced breakdown

Naoki Hosoya, Masaki Nagata, Itsuro Kajiwara

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This paper proposes a method of acoustic vibration testing based on a point source generated by laser-induced breakdown in the air. A high-power Nd: YAG pulse laser is used in this system for generating the laser-induced breakdown in acoustic fields. Plasma formation can be realized by the laser-induced breakdown if the local intensity of the laser beam reaches 10 15 W/m 2. The shock wave that is yielded by consuming a part of the plasma energy becomes a sound source. Assuming that the laser beam is focused to a small volume through a convex lens and the sound source by the laser induced-breakdown has nondirectional property, it is possible to create a point source with this technique. Securing the laser light path installs no device for acoustic excitation in acoustic fields. The system is validated by comparing the resonant frequencies of a micro-space measured by the laser-induced breakdown and calculated by theoretical model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-782
Number of pages13
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Issue number787
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 16



  • Acoustic vibration testing
  • Laser
  • Laser-induced breakdown
  • Non-contact excitation
  • Plasma
  • Point source
  • Resonance
  • Shock wave
  • Sound and acoustics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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