The theory of the propagation of plane sound waves in layered structures is presented systematically in this book. The layered structures may be man-made, for example ultrasonic filters, lenses, and surface-wave delay lines, or natural media such as the ocean and the atmosphere with their marked horizontal stratification. A related problem is the propagation of elastic (seismic) waves in the earth's crust. The book retains many features and the general structure of the classic work "Waves in Layered Media" by L.M. Brekhovskikh, but also includes much new material that has not previously been treated in a monograph. Great attention is paid throughout to the physical interpretation of the results obtained. Although the subject of the book is acoustic waves, many of the interesting phenomena can be directly generalized to electromagnetic waves.
The two books are characterized by scholasticity in the analytical treatment. The analysis is rigorous and complete. This could be attributed to the 'Russian school' where both authors belong to, offering an excellent framework for the study of problems of Mathematical Physics. ...In general, the books are considered valuable for researchers interested in the mathematical modeling of wave phenomena as they provide the readers with a comprehensive coverage of practically all the analytical aspects of the forward problem of acoustic wave propagation. In addition, throughout the books, they will meet many references to non-standard issues, as the propogation in moving media and energy conservation. Michael Taroudakis, Acustica United with Acta Acus, 2000/86/6
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