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Experimented study of laser-generated shear waves using interferometry
The shear displacements generated by short laser pulses have been measured in aluminum semicylindrical samples, both in the thermoelastic and ablation regimes. We measured the waveforms at different angles and obtained the angular distribution pattern of the amplitudes. For the thermoelastic regime good agreement has been found between the measured and the theoretically predicted shear waveforms. In the ablation regime, the absolute values of the amplitudes are comparable to the ones of compressional waves. The shear waveforms are difficult to interpret, particulary in the case where both thermoelastic and ablative effects play a role, because the phases of the shear pulses are opposite to one another in these two regimes. To measure the in-plane displacements, and hence the shear displacement field generated by the pulsed laser, a speckle heterodyne interferometer was used.