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Performance and Characterization of New Micromachined High-Frequency Linear Arrays

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8 Author(s)
Lukacs, M. ; Imaging Res., Toronto Univ., Ont. ; Jianhua Yin ; Guofeng Pang ; Garcia, R.C.
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A new approach for fabricating high frequency (>20 MHz) linear array transducers, based on laser micromachining, has been developed. A 30 MHz, 64-element, 74-mum pitch, linear array design is presented. The performance of the device is demonstrated by comparing electrical and acoustic measurements with analytical, equivalent circuit, and finite-element analysis (FEA) simulations. All FEA results for array performance have been generated using one global set of material parameters. Each fabricated array has been integrated onto a flex circuit for case of handling, and the flex has been integrated onto a custom printed circuit board test card for ease of testing. For a fully assembled array, with an acoustic lens, the center frequency was 28.7 MHz with a one-way -3 dB and -6 dB bandwidth of 59% arid 83%, respectively, arid a -20 dB pulse width of -99 ns. The per-element peak acoustic power, for a plusmn30 V single cycle pulse, measured at the 10 mm focal length of the lens was 590 kPa with a -6 dB directivity span of about 30 degrees. The worst-case total cross talk of the combined array and flex assembly is for nearest neighboring elements and was measured to have an average level -40 dB across the -6 dB bandwidth of the device. Any significant deviation from simulation can be explained through limitations in apparatus calibration and in device packaging

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Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 10 )