IEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control vol:52 issue:5 pages:802-8
This paper describes the history and the state of the art in radiation mode theory (RMT) in ultrasonics. The RMT originates from electromagnetism in which it has proved to be very efficient in the field of wave guides and discontinuities. In ultrasonics, the RMT made its entrance only a decade ago and has already proved to be very efficient in describing the interaction of sound with discontinuities such as a step on a plate, a liquid wedge, the extremity of a plate and much more. It is likely that the development of the RMT for two-dimensional (2-D) isotropic media has come almost to an end. This paper lists the results obtained so far. Further extensions to more complicated media are to be expected in the coming decade.