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Broadband leaky Lamb waves excited by optical breakdown in water

Athanasios G. Athanassiadis, Douglas P. Hart
2019 Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  
Optical breakdown of water is used as a sound source to excite a broadband set of leaky Lamb waves in submerged aluminum plates. The source is shown to simultaneously excite guided modes spanning 0.1-5 MHz in frequency and 0-0.8 mm À1 in wavenumber. The measured response overlaps well with dispersion curves for Lamb waves in the plates, revealing strong coupling to both symmetric and antisymmetric modes. The strongest responses arise when a mode's phase velocity approximately equals the plate's
more » ... equals the plate's compressional wave velocity. These results are shown to arise from an interplay of the sensing geometry, guided wave speeds, and signal processing. Finally, implications for non-contact sensing are discussed.
doi:10.1121/1.5120182 fatcat:mz5ifnupjncnfd7eurk35nq3h4