June 24, 2016 / Modified sep 13, 2016 12:03 p.m.

Episode 34: New Ways to Use Sound

Originally Aired June 24, 2016

Combining theoretical, modeling/simulation and experimental approaches, Materials Science and Engineering Professor Pierre Deymier is developing news ways of manipulating sound waves. He and his colleagues have discovered that when sound passes through particular media, its properties change. One can make flat lenses for focusing sound, or make forms of sound that propagate in one direction, but not in opposite direction. These properties and others are being harnessed in new applications as diverse as attenuating noise pollution, ultrasound imaging and making sound-wave-based diodes for computer chips.


Pierre Deymier, Ph. D, Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona
Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D, Regents' Professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience

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