Journal of the acoustical society of america vol:110 issue:3 pages:1299-1306
Laser ultrasonics is used to optically excite and detect acoustic waves at the interface between a liquid and a solid or coated solid. Several case studies show that this technique is feasible to investigate experimentally the theoretically predicted fundamental properties of different aspects of interface waves at liquid-solid interfaces and to characterize the elastic properties of soft solids. The theoretical prediction that the leaky Rayleigh (LR)-type root of the characteristic determinant becomes forbidden when the shear velocity of the solid lies below the bulk velocity of the liquid was experimentally confirmed. The depth profiling and nondestructive testing potential of Scholte waves was experimentally illustrated and explained by the properties of the wave displacement profile. (C) 2001 Acoustical Society of America.