Harnessing Geometric Frustration to Form Band Gaps in Acoustic Networks

Citation:

Wang P, Zheng Y, Fernandes MC, Sun Y, Xu K, Sun S, Kang SH, Tournat V, Bertoldi K. Harnessing Geometric Frustration to Form Band Gaps in Acoustic Networks. Physical Review Letters. In Press.
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Date Published:

2017

Abstract:

We demonstrate both numerically and experimentally that geometric frustration in two-dimensional periodic acoustic networks consisting of arrays of narrow air channels can be harnessed to form  band gaps (ranges of frequency in which the waves cannot propagate in any direction through the system). While resonant standing wave modes and interferences are ubiquitous in all the analyzed network geometries, we show that they give rise to band gaps only in the geometrically frustrated ones (i.e. those comprising of triangles and pentagons). Our results not only reveal a new mechanism based on geometric frustration to suppress the propagation of pressure waves in specific frequency ranges, but also opens avenues for the design of a new generation of smart systems that control and manipulate sound and vibrations.

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