Non-intrusive sound pressure measurement using light scattering

Kenji Ishikawa, Yasuhiro Oikawa, Yoshio Yamasaki

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Light propagating through a sound field is affected by variations in the density of the medium caused by sound. Therefore, acoustical measurements using light have been studied. The popular measurement methods use the phase shift of the transmitted light. Because they detect integrated acoustical quantities along the optical path of the detected light, time and effort are required to measure the quantities at a single point. On the other hand, single-point acoustical particle velocity measurement by light scattering has been proposed. Using light scattering enables the measurement of non-integrated quantities because the scattered light includes only the acoustical information at a scattering point. However, a method of non-invasive sound pressure measurement at a single point in a free field has not been established. This paper proposes sound pressure measurement at a scattering point, in which the light scattered by particles in the sound field is observed. The intensity of light scattered in the sound field indicates the sound pressure because the intensity of the scattered light is proportional to the density of scatterers. The theory of light scattering by sounds is formalized, and sound measurement experiments with light scattering are also conducted using water drops and air particles as scatterers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-418
Number of pages11
JournalAcoustical Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Acoustical metrology
  • Light scattering
  • Optical measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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