Photoacoustic Resonator

Application ID: 12435

This is a model of a simple photoacoustic (or optoacoustic) resonator. A pulsating laser heats a gas causing expansion and contraction and thus creates pressure waves. Such devices are used as sensors for measuring material parameters of the gas inside the resonator. The resonance frequency of the system depends on the gas in the resonator.

The model uses the thermoacoustic interface with a heat source domain feature to include the heat generated by the pulsating laser. The thermoacoustic interface is well suited for this type of application as it solves the full linearized equations for a compressible fluid including the energy equation.