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Light and sound waves

  1. Mar 3, 2014 #1
    Anybody has reference paper on light and sound wave's theoretical analogies?
    I want to read about the analogies and difference between this interactions in terms of waves.

    Thank you in advance.

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  3. Mar 3, 2014 #2


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    The analogy is the wave equation, which is already a great deal of similarity. Otherwise the two kind of waves are pretty different. A sound wave describes vibrations of mechanical entities (fluid elements in a gas or liquid, crystal lattices in a solid, etc.) while em. waves are vibrating electromagnetic fields.
  4. Mar 3, 2014 #3
    Both types of wave display properties which are similar.......reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference.
  5. Mar 3, 2014 #4
    Could anybody suggest a paper, article or textbook about it?.

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  7. Mar 3, 2014 #6


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    Also note that sound waves are longitudinal, and hence cannot be polarized ... while light is a transverse wave.

    This book covers it all: "Waves and Vibrations" by A.P. French.
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