Journal of Elasticity

, Volume 107, Issue 1, pp 65–79 | Cite as

Existence of Surface Waves and Band Gaps in Periodic Heterogeneous Half-spaces

  • L. X. Hu
  • L. P. Liu
  • K. Bhattacharya


We find a sufficient condition for the existence of surface (Rayleigh) waves based on the Rayleigh-Ritz variational method. When specialized to a homogeneous half-space, the sufficient condition recovers the known criterion for the existence of subsonic surface waves. A simple existence criterion in terms of material properties is obtained for periodic half-spaces of general anisotropic materials. Further, we numerically compute the dispersion relation of the surface waves for a half-space of periodic laminates of two materials and demonstrate the existence of surface wave band gaps.


Surface waves Periodic half-space Band gaps 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

74J15 74J05 35C07 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Engineering and Applied ScienceCalifornia Institute of Technology PasadenaPasadenaUSA

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