Scholte wave

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A Scholte wave is a surface wave (interface wave) propagating at an interface between a fluid and an elastic solid medium (such as an interface between water and sand).[1][2] The wave is of maximum intensity at the interface and decreases exponentially away from the interface into both the fluid and the solid medium.[3] It is named after J. G. Scholte, who discovered it in 1947.[4] This wave is similar to a Stoneley wave, which propagates at a solid-solid interface, and a Rayleigh wave, which propagates at a vacuum-solid interface.


  1. ^ Zhu, Jinying; Popovics, John S.; Schubert, Frank (2004). "Leaky Rayleigh and Scholte waves at the fluid–solid interface subjected to transient point loading". J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 116 (2101): 2101. Bibcode:2004ASAJ..116.2101Z. doi:10.1121/1.1791718.
  2. ^ Rayleigh's, Stoneley's, and Scholte's Interface Waves in Elastic Models Using a Boundary Element Method, Esteban Flores-Mendez,Manuel Carbajal-Romero,Norberto Flores-Guzmán,Ricardo Sánchez-Martínez, Alejandro Rodríguez-Castellanos
  3. ^ Nayfeh, Adnan H. (1995). Wave Propagation in Layered Anisotropic Media with Applications to Composites. p. 99.
  4. ^ Scholte, J.G. (1947). "The range and existence of Rayleigh and Stoneley waves". Geophysical Journal International. 5: 120–126. Bibcode:1947GeoJ....5..120S. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.1947.tb00347.x.