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Crosstalk reduction for high-frequency linear-array ultrasound transducers using 1-3 piezocomposites with pseudo-random pillars

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4 Author(s)
Hao-Chung Yang ; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA ; Jonathan Cannata ; Jay Williams ; K. Kirk Shung

The goal of this research was to develop a novel diced 1-3 piezocomposite geometry to reduce pulse-echo ring down and acoustic crosstalk between high-frequency ultrasonic array elements. Two PZT-5H-based 1-3 composites (10 and 15 MHz) of different pillar geometries [square (SQ), 45° triangle (TR), and pseudo-random (PR)] were fabricated and then made into single-element ultrasound transducers. The measured pulse-echo waveforms and their envelopes indicate that the PR composites had the shortest -20-dB pulse length and highest sensitivity among the composites evaluated. Using these composites, 15-MHz array subapertures with a 0.95λ pitch were fabricated to assess the acoustic crosstalk between array elements. The combined electrical and acoustical crosstalk between the nearest array elements of the PR array subapertures (-31.8 dB at 15 MHz) was 6.5 and 2.2 dB lower than those of the SQ and the TR array subapertures, respectively. These results demonstrate that the 1-3 piezocomposite with the pseudo-random pillars may be a better choice for fabricating enhanced high-frequency linear-array ultrasound transducers; especially when mechanical dicing is used.

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IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control  (Volume:59 ,  Issue: 10 )