Acoustic band gaps in polyatomic chains of 3D-printed resonators

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Acoustic bandgaps are ranges of frequencies in a medium at which sound cannot propagate. The classical model often used in solid-state physics is that of a 1D chain of masses and springs, the analysis of which can predict the speed of sound in a material, its dispersive nature, and any forbidden sound frequencies. We use a lumped parameter model for the acoustic inertance and compliance of pipes and cavities to create 1D monatomic, diatomic, and triatomic chains that demonstrate these acoustic bandgaps experimentally. The ease of 3D-printing these devices means that this method can be used to explore bandgap engineering in acoustic systems for low-frequency applications and used as a simple platform for creating acoustic analogs of the solid-state physical problem. Furthermore, it allows us to explore novel polyatomic behavior (e.g., tetratomic and pentatomic) and could ultimately find use as filters for experiments requiring miniaturized acoustic isolation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125306
Number of pages7
JournalAIP Advances
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2021


  • acoustic bandgaps
  • bandgap engineering
  • solid-state physics


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