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Brillouin precursors in Debye media


We theoretically study the formation of Brillouin precursors in Debye media. We point out that the precursors are visible only at propagation distances such that the impulse response of the medium is essentially determined by the frequency dependence of its absorption and is practically Gaussian. By simple convolution, we then obtain explicit analytical expressions of the transmitted waves generated by reference incident waves, distinguishing precursor and main signal by a simple examination of the long-time behavior of the overall signal. These expressions are in good agreement with the signals obtained in numerical or real experiments performed on water in the radio-frequency domain and explain in particular some observed shapes of the precursor. Results are obtained for other remarkable incident waves. In addition, we show quite generally that the shape of the Brillouin precursor appearing alone at sufficiently large propagation distance and the law giving its amplitude as a function of this distance do not depend on the precise form of the incident wave but only on its integral properties. The incidence of a static conductivity of the medium is also examined and explicit analytical results are again given in the limit of weak and strong conductivities.
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hal-01114377 , version 1 (10-02-2015)
hal-01114377 , version 2 (01-06-2015)
hal-01114377 , version 3 (06-07-2015)



Bruno Macke, Bernard Ségard. Brillouin precursors in Debye media. Physical Review A : Atomic, molecular, and optical physics [1990-2015], 2015, 91, pp.053814. ⟨hal-01114377v3⟩
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