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ABSTRACT: The purpose of the first Lemons-Quate acoustic microscope(1) was to image the surfaces of materials or biological cells with a high resolution. Unfortunately, competition with the optical
microscope was only partially successful due to the high degree of absorption in the liquid-coupling medium at high frequencies.
Increasing the resolution beyond optical limits was possible with the use of hot water(2) or cryogenic liquids,(3) at the cost of operational difficulty and system complexity. Meanwhile it was shown that the acoustic microscope can generate
information that has no counterpart in the optical world.(4) The presence of leaky waves resulted in an interference mechanism known as V(z) curves. The V(z) method involves recording the reflected signal amplitude from an acoustic lens as a function of distance between the lens
and the object. This recorded signal is shown to depend on elastic parameters of the object material. After underlying processes
are well understood, new lens geometries or signal-processing electronics are designed to emphasize the advantage of the acoustic
lens. In any case, the aim has been to increase the quantitative characterization ability of the microscope.
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Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering