Producing an intense collimated beam of sound via a nonlinear ultrasonic array

Daniel Gibson, Martin Smith, John Scales, Brian Zadler
  • Journal of Applied Physics, January 2012, American Institute of Physics
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.4729265

Producing an intense beam of low frequency sound

What is it about?

We exploit nonlinearity in the air to convert ultrasound into low frequency sound. This allows the low frequency to be beamed in a way that is impossible with an ordinary loudspeaker.

Why is it important?

We developed this technique not for audio applications, but for safe landmine detection. From stand-off distances we can send a beam of sound into the soil and measure the resulting surface vibrations with another sensor (laser or microwave). The whole system is Open Source Hardware and Software.

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