Seminar Abstract:

Materials Reliability Division, National Institute of Standards and Technolgoy
Boulder, Colorado, USA  (31 March 2000)

Nonlinear surface acoustic waves in cubic crystals
R. E. Kumon and M. F. Hamilton (Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1063 USA)

Both the linear and nonlinear properties of surface waves in crystals are significantly different from those in isotropic media. Recently developed model equations are employed to perform theoretical and numerical studies of nonlinear surface acoustic waves in nonpiezoelectric, cubic crystals. The model possesses a nonlinearity matrix that describes the coupling strength of the harmonic interactions. This matrix is shown to provide a powerful tool for characterizing waveform distortion. Selected numerical results are presented for propagation of initially monofrequency surface waves in various surface cuts and directions. When the nonlinearity matrix is real-valued, compression shocks form in some directions, whereas rarefaction shocks form in others. In certain particular directions, generation of one or more harmonics may be suppressed, and shock formation postponed. In still other cases, energy may be transferred rapidly to the highest harmonics, and shock formation enhanced. When the nonlinearity matrix is complex-valued, the velocity waveforms may exhibit asymmetric distortion and low frequency oscillations near peaks and shocks. Measurements of pulsed waveforms in crystalline silicon obtained by colleagues at the University of Heidelberg are shown to be quantitatively reproduced by calculated results.

Ronald Kumon, Ph.D. / Created 03 October 2002 / Updated 03 October 2002