Acoustic Weapons - A Prospective Assessment

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In summary, acoustic weapons are being researched and developed in various countries as a non-lethal option that can incapacitate opponents without causing permanent physical damage. However, information on their specifications and effects is limited. Some potential areas of focus include the effects of high-amplitude sound on humans, potential sources of high-power sound, and the propagation of strong sound. A recent invention using superposition of ultrasound waves has also been developed, allowing for the targeting of specific individuals with audible sound. This technology has potential for use in marketing or military tactics, with the ability to cause physical discomfort or even incapacitation.
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Acoustic weapons are under research and development in a few countries. Advertised as one type of non-lethal weapon, they are said to immediately incapacitate opponents while avoiding permanent physical damage. Reliable information on specifications or effects is scarce, however. The present article sets out to provide basic information in several areas: effects of large-amplitude sound on humans, potential high-power sources, and propagation of strong sound.

http://www.princeton.edu/~globsec/publications/pdf/9_3altmann.pdf [Broken]
 
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Not exactly related, but what I found interesting was a recent invention which relies on the superposition of ultrasound waves (which, you may know, can be tightly focused) to produce audible sound at a target. The result is a 'whisper beam', where you can point it at a target in a crowd and only that target can hear your sound. I can already see marketing execs drooling over this...
 
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Originally posted by Tyro
I can already see marketing execs drooling over this...
I don't think something like that would require
lots of marketing, it'll be snatched off the shelves...:wink:
 
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It would probably be spread by word of mouth.

Ultrasound can be deadly at certain frequencies with high enough volume.

An acoustic cannon may be used to shake, empty, then destroy a building.

Ultra-low acoustic frequencies might make one crap their pants. What a way to stop an army in its tracks? (Watch those subwoofers!)
 

1. What exactly are acoustic weapons?

Acoustic weapons, also known as sonic weapons, are devices that use sound to injure, incapacitate, or even kill targets. They can produce high-intensity sound waves that can cause physical harm, disrupt bodily functions, or induce psychological effects.

2. How do acoustic weapons work?

Acoustic weapons work by producing sound waves at frequencies that are above the threshold of human hearing. These sound waves can be generated by using high-power speakers, sound cannons, or even focused lasers. The sound waves can travel through air, water, or solid objects and can cause varying levels of harm depending on the intensity and duration of exposure.

3. What are the potential uses for acoustic weapons?

Acoustic weapons have been proposed for a variety of uses, including crowd control, riot control, and for military purposes. They have also been used for animal control and as a non-lethal deterrent against pirates or hostile ships. However, their use has been controversial due to the potential for causing harm to both the intended targets and innocent bystanders.

4. What are the potential risks and dangers associated with acoustic weapons?

One of the main risks of acoustic weapons is the potential for causing permanent hearing damage, especially if used at close range or for extended periods. They can also cause physical harm to the body, including internal organ damage. In addition, the psychological effects of acoustic weapons can include disorientation, panic, and fear, which can have long-term consequences for the targeted individuals.

5. Are there any regulations or international laws regarding the use of acoustic weapons?

Currently, there are no specific international laws or regulations governing the use of acoustic weapons. However, their use is subject to the same ethical considerations and international laws that govern the use of other weapons. Some countries have banned the use of acoustic weapons for both military and law enforcement purposes, while others have strict regulations and guidelines in place for their use.

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