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Influence of positional correlations on the propagation of waves in a complex medium with polydisperse resonant scatterers

By V. Leroy, A. L. Strybulevych, J. H. Page and M. G. Scanlon


International audienceWe present experimental results on a model system for studying wave propagation in a complex medium exhibiting low frequency resonances. These experiments enable us to investigate a fundamental question that is relevant for many materials, such as metamaterials, where low-frequency scattering resonances strongly influence the effective medium properties. This question concerns the effect of correlations in the positions of the scatterers on the coupling between their resonances, and hence on wave transport through the medium. To examine this question experimentally, we measure the effective medium wave number of acoustic waves in a sample made of bubbles embedded in an elastic matrix over a frequency range that includes the resonance frequency of the bubbles. The effective medium is highly dispersive, showing peaks in the attenuation and the phase velocity as functions of the frequency, which cannot be accurately described using the Independent Scattering Approximation (ISA). This discrepancy may be explained by the effects of the positional correlations of the scatterers, which we show to be dependent on the size of the scatterers. We propose a self-consistent approach for taking this ''polydisperse correlation'' into account and show that our model better describes the experimental results than the ISA

Topics: [ PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-CLASS-PH ] Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Classical Physics [physics.class-ph]
Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-00529977v2
Provided by: Hal-Diderot

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