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Acoustic Microscopy: Second Edition

Andrew Briggs and Oleg Kolosov


Acoustic microscopy enables you to image and measure the elastic properties of materials with the resolution of a good microscope. By using frequencies in the microwave range, it is possible to make the acoustic wavelength comparable with the wavelength of light, and hence to achieve a resolution comparable with an optical microscope. The contrast gives information about the elastic properties and structure of the sample. Since acoustic waves can propagate in materials, acoustic microscopy can be used for interior imaging, with high sensitivity to defects such as delaminations. Solids can supp ... More

Keywords: acoustic, ultrasonic, microscopy, resolution, elastic properties, interior, contrast theory, delamination, defocus, Rayleigh wave, V(z) anisotropy, surface, boundary, crack, scanning probe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Briggs, author
Department of Materials, University of Oxford

Oleg Kolosov, author
Department of Physics, University of Lancaster