Journal of Mathematical Chemistry

, Volume 56, Issue 8, pp 2392–2417 | Cite as

Mathematical modeling of the effects of attenuation and system electronic coupling on the determination of speed of sound in ultrasonic interferometry

  • Ching Koon Yau
  • Christopher G. JesudasonEmail author
Original Paper


Ultrasonic interferometry is an indispensable tool in molecular chemistry and imaging, inclusive of liquid state studies where the standard theory is used to determine many physico-chemical parameters, such as the isentropic compressibility and adiabatic bulk modulus. The first principle analysis conducted here augments the standard model with potentially significant consequences in the interpretation of these parameters and the output spectrum. The effect of attenuation of a wave on the observed separation between peaks in acoustic interferometry is a focus of the investigation. Important aspects of the theory of Hubbard and others were collated to derive two mathematical models that were used to fit experimental spectra. The first model does not assume fictitious quantities found in Hubbard’s theory and fits the experimental data well. The second model includes the effects of the electronics of the measuring system and is in excellent agreement with the experimental data. Theoretical and numerical analyses were performed to validate the two models. Numerically, the attenuation of a wave is shown to cause the peaks to deviate either positively or negatively from the otherwise ideal half-wavelength of \(\lambda /2\) and exact equations governing such deviations are derived that could have significant implications in theory and applications.


Wave motion analysis Ultrasonic speed Ultrasonic interferometry Attenuation of sound 

Mathematics Subject Classification




We are grateful to our colleague, Dr. Thorsten Heidelberg for his expertise in German language and also for the following Grants that have funded our research: UMRG RG293-14AFR and PPP PV006/2012A.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Center for Theoretical Physics and Department of ChemistryUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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