Extraordinary acoustic transmission through a 1D grating with very narrow apertures

Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Oct 26;99(17):174301. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.174301. Epub 2007 Oct 24.


Recently, there has been an increased interest in studying extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through subwavelength aperture arrays perforated in a metallic film. In this Letter, we report that the transmission of an incident acoustic wave through a one-dimensional acoustic grating can also be drastically enhanced. This extraordinary acoustic transmission (EAT) has been investigated both theoretically and experimentally, showing that the coupling between the diffractive wave and the wave-guide mode plays an important role in EAT. This phenomenon can have potential applications in acoustics and also might provide a better understanding of EOT in optical subwavelength systems.