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Complex dispersion relation of surface acoustic waves at a lossy metasurface

Abstract : The complex dispersion relation of surface acoustic waves (SAWs) at a lossy resonant metasurface is theoretically and experimentally reported. The metasurface consists of the periodic arrangement of borehole resonators in a rigid substrate. The theoretical model relies on a boundary layer approach that provides the effective metasurface admittance governing the complex dispersion relation in the presence of viscous and thermal losses. The model is experimentally validated by measurements in the semi-anechoic chamber. The complex SAW dispersion relation is experimentally retrieved from the analysis of the spatial Laplace transform of the pressure scanned along a line at the metasurface. The geometrical spreading of the energy from the speaker is accounted for, and both the real and imaginary parts of the SAW wavenumber are obtained. The results show that the strong reduction of the SAW group velocity occurs jointly with a drastic attenuation of the wave, leading to the confinement of the field close to the source and preventing the efficient propagation of such slow-sound surface modes. The method opens perspectives to theoretically predict and experimentally characterize both the dispersion and the attenuation of surface waves at structured surfaces.
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Logan Schwan, Alan Geslain, Vicente Romero-García, Jean-Philippe Groby. Complex dispersion relation of surface acoustic waves at a lossy metasurface. Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics, 2017, 110 (5), pp.051902. ⟨10.1063/1.4975120⟩. ⟨hal-02456482⟩



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