An experimental study of acoustoelectric transducers with nonuniform distribution of the piezoelectric coefficient

Francois Chapeau-Blondeau, James F. Greenleaf

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In this paper, an experimental test of a theoretical model published previously is presented that describes the behavior of an acoustoelectric transducer with a nonuniform distribution of the piezoelectric coefficient within its bulk. Results of this theoretical model are first reviewed. Uniform and nonuniform piezoelectric transducers were fabricated, following a procedure described herein. The receive transfer functions of the transducers were recorded experimentally, and a comparison is made with the theoretical transfer functions predicted by the model, which shows good agreement. The transmit transfer functions of the uniform and nonuniform transducers were also measured and are reported. Numerical calculations of the different transfer functions given by the theoretical model for a uniform transducer associated with different backing materials are also presented, and the results are shown to be equivalent to the results following from the Mason equivalent circuit. Comparisons with experimental results and with Mason’s equivalent circuit verified the new theoretical model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1223-1229
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1989


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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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