A simple method for imaging ultrasonic fields in clear media is introduced. A modulated laser source is used to project the ultrasonic field onto a CCD camera. By use of the source-synchronized lock-in detection scheme, 2D images of the amplitude and phase distributions can be determined simultaneously. This technique is experimentally demonstrated with a 1-MHz and a 3.5-MHz ultrasonic transducer operated in continuous-wave mode. This method is very straightforward to implement and can be combined with the traditional tomographic reconstruction technique to obtain the 3D distribution of an ultrasonic field.

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