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Ultrasound Detection and Imaging Using Microring Resonators and Laser Generated Focused Ultrasound
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Title: Ultrasound Detection and Imaging Using Microring Resonators and Laser Generated Focused Ultrasound    

Speaker: Prof. L. Jay Guo    

From: University of Michigan        

Time: 9:00 a.m., August 18, 2014       

Place: Multifunctional Hall of DSP Building     




Science and Technology Department    

Acoustical Microelectromechanical System Laboratory  



Optical detection of ultrasound is an emerging technique based on the interaction of strain field and optical field, modulating the optical properties of the resonance cavity for sensitive detection. Such a detection scheme can have several unique advantages, such as broadband response and size-independent sensitivity, compared with conventional piezoelectric transducers. Detector’s high sensitivity is essential for deep penetration depth, especially for high-resolution imaging because of the strong attenuation of high-frequency ultrasound. Besides, small element size has the advantage of realizing wide acceptance angle of ultrasound detection. I will describe highly sensitive and broad band detection of ultrasound by polymer photonic microring resonators, and demonstrate its application for high resolution photoacoustic tomography and photoacoustic microscopy. Similar principle can be applied to THz detection. I will also present thin-film optical transmitters to generate and focus the ultrasound, targeting high-amplitude focused ultrasound for imaging and therapeutic applications. The optoacoustic sources are made of carbon-nanotubes (CNTs) and elastomeric polymers. As the nano-composite works as excellent optical absorbers and efficient heat converters, output pressure with strong amplitudes can be generated and has a corresponding frequency spectrum showing high-frequency characteristics. This approach could provide a versatile tool for cell engineering in terms of harvesting and patterning, and more importantly, non-thermal disruption to facilitate drug delivery and gene therapy for targeted cells. I will discuss recent experiment showing deterministic microbubble generation by highly focused high amplitude ultrasound using the photoacoustic lens.




L. Jay Guo  

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109, USA 


L. Jay Guo started his academic career at the University of Michigan in 1999, and is currently a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering, Macomolecular Science and Engineering, and Applied Physics. He has over 150 refereed journal publications with over 9000 citations, and more than 10 US patents. Many published work from his lab have received numerous media reports. He served on many international conference program committees related to nanotechnologies and photonics. His group’s researches include polymer-based photonic devices and sensor applications, organic and hybrid photovoltaics, plasmonic nanophotonics/metamaterials, nanoimprint-based and roll to roll nanomanufacturing technologies.  

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