Physical Acoustics Group
This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest.
Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.
About the group
As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in physical acoustics and ultrasonics.
Fundamental aspects of acoustic wave propagation and the interaction of acoustic waves with matter are important in fields as diverse as phonon physics and seismology.
Ultrasonic wave generation, propagation and attenuation provide compositional and structural information in:
There is increasing interest in ultrasonic wave scattering in inhomogeneous materials varying from sea-bed sediments and modern (composite) materials, through to foodstuffs and biological tissues. This provides the basic physics of ultrasonic testing and imaging.
We are also interested in wave propagation in complex media in biomedical ultrasound for applications such as focused ultrasound surgery and drug delivery, where nonlinear effects can be important.
Other imaging, monitoring and inspection techniques include:
- acoustic emission
- acoustical microscopy
Crucial to the exploitation of these methods in a quantitative scientific manner is the successful development of devices which generate and detect acoustic waves.
Equally important is the successful implementation of validated computational models to describe physical acoustics phenomena. High-performance computing platforms are increasingly being used to solve large-scale 3D problems.
What the group does
We promote physical acoustics and ultrasonics and their contribution to fundamental science and its applications.
Group physics prize
Bob Chivers Prize in Physical Acoustics
This annual prize promotes research in physical acoustics by recognising the best paper by a PhD student at a UK university.
Find group events on the IOP events site.
We organise two main events per year:
We also organise or co-sponsor meetings on subjects that have included:
- ultrasonic studies of bone;
- acoustic microscopy;
- acoustic trapping of nanoparticles; and
- the contactless generation and detection of ultrasound.
We focus on discussions between theoreticians and experimentalists from a wide range of institutions with a particular interest in improving the scientific basis of technological developments.
Committee and contacts
|Chair||Dr Frederic Cegla, MInstP|
|Secretary||Dr Ben Cox, CEng MInstP|
|Treasurer||Dr Helen Mulvana, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Daniel Elford, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr David Hardie, CPhys FInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Peter Huthwaite, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Mr James Kirkpatrick, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Paul Prentice, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Jason Raymond, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Theodosia Stratoudaki, MInstP|
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