Abstract

Recently, a new noncontact reflection-mode imaging modality called photoacoustic remote sensing (PARS) microscopy was introduced providing optical absorption contrast. Unlike previous modalities, which rely on interferometric detection of a probe beam to measure surface oscillations, the PARS technique detects photoacoustic initial pressures induced by a pulsed laser at their origin by monitoring intensity modulations of a reflected probe beam. In this paper, a model describing the temporal evolution from a finite excitation pulse is developed with consideration given to the coherence length of the interrogation beam. Analytical models are compared with approximations, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations, and experiments with good agreement.

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