The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America vol:108 issue:4 pages:1622-30
A theoretical study of the reflection of a bounded Gaussian ultrasonic beam, incident onto a rectangular inclusion located near a fluid/solid half-space interface, is presented. The thickness of the inclusion is assumed to be much smaller than the ultrasonic wavelength in the solid. It is shown that, at critical Rayleigh angle incidence, the phase in the point of maximum amplitude of the shifted reflected lobe is very sensitive to dimension variations of the inclusion, and thus useful for inclusion characterization. The modelization of the problem is based on mode theory.