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Appl Opt. 1977 Jan 1;16(1):101-7. doi: 10.1364/AO.16.000101.

Photoacoustic technique for determining optical absorption coefficients in solids.


An investigation was made of a photoacoustic technique for determining the optical absorption coefficient in solids. A train of laser pulses was passed through the solid, and a piezoelectric transducer attached directly to the sample measured the amplitude of the elastic wave generated by the absorbed radiation. Calibration was performed at a wavelength of known absorption. The sensitivity of the technique was found to be limited to about 1 x 10(-5) cm(-1) in our samples due to radiation scattered onto the transducer, but the technique is capable of measuring absorption coefficients in the 10(-6)-cm(-1) range using laser powers of about 1 W.

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