Acoustical Physics

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 417–420 | Cite as

Sound propagation in an unstable atmospheric layer

  • K. A. Naugolnykh
  • S. A. Rybak
Short Communications


The equation of sound propagation in an unstable medium produced by the presence of supersaturated water vapor in it, which can appear in a hurricane area, is derived. This equation takes into account the effects of sound velocity dispersion, amplification, damping, and nonlinear effects. Some solutions to this equation are presented, illustrating the specific features of sound propagation in an unstable medium.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. A. Naugolnykh
    • 1
  • S. A. Rybak
    • 2
  1. 1.NOAA, ESRL/University of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Andreev Acoustics InstituteMoscowRussia

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