Localized wave physics and engineering

Richard W. Ziolkowski

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Issues pertaining to the rate of beam divergence, the beam intensity, and the measured energy efficiency of beams generated by arrays of radiating elements are central to the practical applications of those beams. It will be shown that a localized-wave pulse-driven array can be designed to outperform similar continuous-wave pulse-driven arrays with respect to each of these beam characteristics. This improved performance is quantified by deriving bounds on those beam quantities for the field generated by an arbitrary pulse-driven array. These bounds extend the meaning of near-field distances or diffraction lengths to the situation where the array driving functions can be broad-bandwidth signals. Particular attention is given to transmitting- and receiving-array systems consisting of elements that are not large in comparison to the shortest wavelength of significance contained in the signals driving them. The output signals of such systems are related to the input driving functions by several time derivatives. It is demonstrated that the properties of the resulting beams depend on the higher-order moments of the spectra of the input driving functions and that diffraction degrades the coherence of these higher-order moments more slowly than its lower orders. A properly designed set of input driving signals having a high degree of correlation in the higher-order moments of their spectra will produce a beam that has extended diffraction lengths and localization properties. The localized-wave solutions provide an immediate access to this situation. An alternative type of array is required to realize these localized-wave effectsone that has independently addressable elements. The enhanced localization effects are then intimately coupled to the proper spatial distribution of broad-bandwidth signals driving the array, i.e., by controlling not only the amplitudes, but also the frequency spectra of the pulse driving the array. Recently reported experimental comparisons between localized-wave and continuous-wave pulse-driven arrays of ultrasonic transducers in water are reexamined in terms of the theoretical developments presented here. It will be shown that the observed performance enhancements of the localized-wave pulse-driven arrays are in agreement with the theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3960-3984
Number of pages25
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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