Acoustic transmission through compound subwavelength slit arrays
Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
American Physical Society
The angular dependence of the transmission of sound in air through four types of 2D slit-arrays formed of aluminium slats is explored, both experimentally and numerically. For a simple, subwavelength periodic slit-array, it is well known that Fabry-Perot-like wave-guide resonances, supported by the slit-cavities, hybridising with bound acoustic surface waves, result in ‘Enhanced Acoustic Transmission’ at frequencies determined by the length, width and separation of each slit-cavity. We demonstrate that altering the spacing or width of some of the slits to form a compound array (i.e. an array having a basis comprised of more than one slit) results in sharp dips in the transmission spectra, that may have a strong angular dependence. These features correspond to ‘phase resonances’, which have been studied extensively in the electromagnetic case. This geometry allows for additional near-field configurations compared to the simple array, whereby the field in adjacent cavities can be out-of-phase. Several types of compound slit-array are investigated; one such structure is optimised to minimise the effect of boundary-layer loss mechanisms present in each slit cavity, thereby achieving a deep, sharp transmission minimum in a broad maximum
The authors would like to thank the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratorty (DSTL) for their financial support and permission to publish
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Vol 94, 024304