A novel design for photoacoustic mass sensors operating above 100 GHz is proposed. The design s based on impulsive optical excitation of a pseudosurface acoustic wave in a surface phononic crystal with nanometric periodic grating, and on time-resolved extreme ultraviolet detection of the pseudosurface acoustic wave frequency shift upon mass loading the device. The present design opens the path to sensors operating in a frequency range currently unaccessible to electro-acoustical transducers, providing enhanced sensitivity, miniaturization and incorporating time-resolving capability while forgoing the piezoelectric substrate requirement.
- Acoustical measurements and instrumentation
- Mesoscopic physics
- Phononic crystals
- Surface Acoustic Waves devices
- Ultra-fast optics
- diffraction gratings
- photoacoustic effect