Damage Detection in Transparent Materials Using Non-Contact Laser Excitation by Nano-Second Laser Ablation and High-Speed Polarization-imaging Camera

N. Hosoya, R. Umino, I. Kajiwara, S. Maeda, T. Onuma, A. Mihara

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Although transparent materials with birefringent properties (e.g., solar panels and separator films for secondary cells) are common, damage detection during the manufacturing process is crucial to economically realize high-quality materials. Herein a method using a pulsed-laser and a high-speed polarization-imaging camera is proposed to rapidly detect damage, including scratches and dents, in transparent materials. Specifically, as stress waves, which are generated by a non-contact impulse excitation from laser ablation, propagate through a material, the stress concentrations induced around damage are measured as the two-dimensional birefringent phase differences using a high-speed polarization-imaging camera with a microsecond-order temporal resolution. When stress is dominant, the distribution of the measured birefringent phase difference can be considered the relative distribution of stress. Using acrylic plates as a representative transparent material with several hundred micrometers of damage (e.g., a dent or a scratch), we demonstrate that the proposed method detects damage in a very short timeframe of several microseconds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-343
Number of pages5
JournalExperimental Mechanics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 1



  • Damage detection
  • High-speed polarization-imaging camera
  • Nanosecond laser ablation
  • Non-contact laser excitation
  • Transparent material
  • Two-dimensional birefringent distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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