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ApplicationNo. 482783 filed on 06/07/1995
US Classes:372/92, PARTICULAR RESONANT CAVITY372/20, Tuning372/102Grating
ExaminersPrimary: Bovernick, Rodney B.
Assistant: Wise, Robert E.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassH01S 003/08
AbstractDisclosed herein is an interferometric-based materials analysis system (10) that employs a novel combination of laser beam shaping and pointing techniques, the use of a low cost, rugged, and compact diode laser (22) as a detection laser, and the use of signal processing techniques that compensate for inherent instabilities and short-term drift in the diode laser. A matched filter processing technique is disclosed for processing interferometrically-obtained data points from a target being analyzed. The matched filter technique is shown to be especially useful for detecting and analyzing Lamb modes within thin targets, such as a silicon wafer undergoing a rapid thermal processing cycle. Also disclosed is a method and apparatus for interferometrically monitoring a target to determine, in accordance with predetermined criteria, an occurrence of a period of time that is optimum for obtaining a data point. In response to detecting such a period an impulse source, such as an impulse laser (14), is triggered to launch an elastic wave within the target so that a data point can be obtained. A plurality of data points so obtained are subsequently processed, such as by the matched filter technique, to determine a property of interest of the target. The property of interest may be, by example, the temperature of the target or the metallurgical status of the target.