Scattering properties of acoustic beams off spinning objects: Induced radiation force and torque

Mohamed Farhat, Sebastien Guenneau, Pai-Yen Chen, Ying Wu

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Understanding the acoustic scattering and radiation force and torque of an object is important in various fields, such as underwater communication, acoustic imaging, and noninvasive characterization, as well as biomedical ultrasound. Generally, acoustic scattering is considered for static (non-moving) objects and the impinging signal is typically a plane wave. Here, we consider scattering off cylindrical objects in spinning motion around the axis of rotational symmetry. We investigate the radiation force and torque induced by various incident signals, e.g., cylindrical diverging and converging beams as well as quasi-Gaussian beams of different orders. It is assumed in this study (unless otherwise stated) that the acoustic parameters of the objects (density and compressibility) are identical to those of the surrounding medium, in order to isolate the effects purely attributed to rotation. The scenario of a spinning inhomogeneous object is also shown to play a prominent role for generating torque with single plane waves. Our findings may add to the current interest in time-varying and moving metamaterials and open vistas in manipulation of movement and position of ultra-small objects via acoustic beams.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141702
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 5 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-10-07
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): BAS/1/1626-01-01, OSR-2020-CRG9-4374
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under Grant No. OSR-2020-CRG9-4374 as well as KAUST Baseline Research Fund BAS/1/1626-01-01.

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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