Simulation of Fresnel based beam focusing and steering for a crossed electrode array


  • Katherine Latham School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University
  • Roger Zemp Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta
  • Jeremy Brown School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University


Fresnel based beamforming has been investigated for use with a high frequency crossed electrode array. A Fresnel zone plate uses a pattern of in phase and phase reversed pulses across the aperture chosen based on the distance from the element to the focus. The pattern of positive and negative pulses can be achieved using an array material whose response depends on a DC bias (e.g. electrostrictive ceramics, CMUTs) and applying either a positive or negative voltage.

Fresnel based focusing introduces a challenge in pulsed ultrasound applications. The delays are quantized to 0 or ?/2, therefore, the pulses do not properly overlap when the difference in element-focus distance exceeds a wavelength. Because of this, the bandwidth is reduced below an acceptable standard for pulsed imaging. We have developed a novel design that pulses separate sub-apertures of the array while compensating for the delay error in each section. In exchange, the number of transmit events increases.

A Fresnel approach is advantageous for a crossed electrode array using the following scheme. The Fresnel aperture focuses in azimuth on transmit while the elevational elements are beamformed traditionally. Between transmit and receive events the signals switch sides. The biases are applied in elevation and dynamic receive beamforming can be completed in azimuth and a two-way focus is achieved.

A 40MHz crossed electrode array with 64 elevational and 64 azimuthal elements was simulated using Field II software. The results were compared with a 64x64 element traditionally beamformed 2D array. The two-way radiation patterns from the crossed electrode array using the Fresnel approach show -6dB beamwidths comparable to the 4096 element array but requires only 128 array connections. The resolution was 102, 126 and 151 µm when steered to 0, 15 and 25 degrees respectively. The side lobe levels raised by 15dB using the Fresnel approach.




How to Cite

Latham K, Zemp R, Brown J. Simulation of Fresnel based beam focusing and steering for a crossed electrode array. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2015 Sep. 8 [cited 2022 May 24];43(3). Available from:



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