An optical multilayer detection array for ultrasonic measurements is presented. The probe comprises a dielectric interference filter structure that is evaporated onto a glass plate. An incident acoustic pressure signal deforms the layer system, and the induced modulation of the optical reflectance is determined by a simple optical detection scheme. The principle of measurement is demonstrated by a line scan through the focus of a broadband transducer and can be applied to rapid two-dimensional characterization of ultrasonic fields. The high temporal and spatial resolution of the measurements is combined with high sensitivity and durability of the probe, and, in contrast with fiber-tip multilayer hydrophones, the multilayer detection array provides signals that are not influenced by acoustic resonances and diffraction phenomena.
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