The Diverging Sound Field of a Spherical Piston

date October 17, 1984
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Wednesday, October 17, 1984 12:00 p.m.

Halvor Hobæk
Department of Physics
The University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway

Computations show that the nearfield of a spherical piston -in the sense that the directional properties are dependent on range- extends much farther out than for a plane source of similar dimensions. The reason for this can be seen by applying an approximate mapping of the spherical piston field to that of a plane piston with the same aperture. A simple method to characterize the structure of both fields is also discussed.