Computer Simulation of Linear Acoustic Diffraction

  • John P. Powers


Computer-aided acoustical imaging systems and computer simulations of other acoustic imaging techniques frequently require simulation of linear acoustic diffraction of large complex-valued data arrays. Computation efficiency requires the use of fast Fourier transform techniques. This paper compares two Fourier transform formulations of the propagation problem: the Fresnel integral and the spatial frequency domain approach. The following features are compared: restrictions on maximum and minimum propagation distances, sample sizes and number of samples required, adaptability to image processing techniques, and computational requirements.


Discrete Fourier Transform Sample Spacing Propagation Distance Output Plane Input Wave 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Powers
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringNaval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyUSA

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